Sharp decline in Covid cases; 3,876 deaths in 24 hrs

Sharp decline in Covid cases; 3,876 deaths in 24 hrs

Sharp decline in Covid cases; 3,876 deaths in 24 hrs

Out of these, 19,83,804 samples were tested on Tuesday.

As India reels under a calamitous second wave of the coronavirus infection, it has received large amounts of medical supplies from a significant number of countries, including the US, Russia, France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Romania, Singapore, Sweden and Kuwait.

Attached to his tweet was a video from a report by news agency Reuters that identified a school called the Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Pratishthanam, where some people go once a week to slather cow dung and urine over their bodies, hug cows and practice yoga.

India's coronavirus crisis showed scant sign of easing on Tuesday, with a seven-day average of new cases at a record high and worldwide heath authorities warning the country's variant of the virus poses a global concern.

This is not the first time something like this has happened; in March 2020, several Hindu activists in India hosted a cow urine-drinking party, as well as some members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party alleging that cow urine and dung can prevent and cure COVID-19, DW reported.

"People should also understand that using excreta of cows is bound to increase the chance of some zoonotic or infectious disease spreading", he added.

After the surge, the cumulative caseload in the country has risen to 2,33,40,938. The country's total infections stand at over 2.29 crore.

A total of 3,29,942 infections were reported in a span of 24 hours, while the death toll climbed to 2,49,992 with 3,876 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The US is looking at joint production of Johnson and Johnson's Covid vaccine in India and ways to help manufacturers like Serum Institute of India (SII) to boost production, Daniel B Smith, Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy, said Tuesday. India, notably, is the fastest country globally to administer 17 crore coronavirus vaccine doses.

At least 96 unidentified bodies - many of them decomposed and bloated - have been found floating in the Ganga over the past couple of days, triggering fears among local residents in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh that bodies of Covid victims were being dumped in the river.

Out of 3,754 fatalities logged in the country, the maximum deaths were recorded in Maharashtra (572), followed by Karnataka with 490 daily deaths.

Cape Town - As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bring devastation in India, some are trying alternative methods to protect themselves and their families from the virus. There is some indication of the cases plateauing. However, virologist Shahid Jameel told The Indian Express that the decline in new infections will likely be slow since the plateau of 4 lakh daily cases is very high.

Maharashtra with 48,401 cases, Karnataka with 47,930 cases, Kerala with 35,801 cases, Tamil Nadu with 28,897 cases and Uttar Pradesh with 23,175 cases are the top five states that have registered the maximum number of Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

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