Coronavirus fresh cases in India, Coronavirus active cases in India September 28 News Update: First, some good news! After more than six months, India’s daily cases have dropped below 20,000-mark. The health bulletin shows that 18, 795 fresh Covid-19 infections were registered in the last 24 hours. Covid fatalities also saw a decline. The government data saw that 179 Covid deaths were officially recorded in the country on Tuesday. The recovery rate has also improved to 97.81 per cent. The updated CoWin data shows that for the fifth time, India managed to administer more than 1 crore Covid jabs in one day on September 27. So, all is well? The second wave of coronavirus is gone?
Well, if you look at larger picture, the answer maybe a cautious yes. The warnings of third wave have not seen actualisation except in Kerala. But if you scratch the surface, you realise that there are areas of concern. While as many as 20 states report less than 100 cases now, there are still five major states that are reporting over 1,000 cases per day. Apart from worst-hit Kerala, situation is still worrisome in Maharashtra, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Another point is the testing rate. The latest ICMR data shows that little over 13 lakh tests were conducted in the country. India must test more to know the extent of the transmission. Plus with festive season around the corner and all major temples and other religious places reopening, local authorities would have to ensure strict compliance of the Covid protocols.
As India races against time to vaccinate its eligible population, despite the WHO reservation, wealthy nations are rolling out booster doses. The CDC has okayed the third dose for the vulnerable population in the US. Joe Biden, the US President was among the first beneficiaries of the booster shot. In South Korea, vaccination will soon begin for children and booster shots for the elderlies. This brings us back to the question of vaccine inequity.
The latest data published by Reuters shows that COVAX allocated more Covid-19 vaccines to nations rich countries such as the UK. Whereas poorer peer such as Botswana had to manage with just 20,000 corona shots. This kind of imbalance will force the world into a vicious loop. Because the unvaccinated population cannot only transmit the virus at a higher pace but also contribute to the deadly mutation.
It will take less than 30 days to bring the world to a halt if such a situation arises. The money used to buy ultra-cold temperature equipment for storing the vaccines can be instead used in buying more jabs for poorer nations. After the vaccine revolution, it is time for scientists to bring some newer solutions for low-maintenance vaccination set-up.
Here are the latest Covid updates from India and the world: