India now 8th most affected globally by Covid-19

A CISF man posted in Kolkata succumbs to Covid

India now 8th most affected globally by Covid-19

A passenger being checked at the airport in Agartala on Friday. PTI

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29

India today became the world’s eighth most affected country by the ongoing Covid pandemic seeing a record daily surge of 7,466 cases.

The disease load has peaked to 16,5,799 today with recoveries improving to 71,105 and deaths at 4,706.

The WHO dashboard on Covid today showed India had overtaken Turkey to end up at the eighth spot on world charts. The US, worst hit, has 16,75,258 cases.

Back home, Chairman of Covid empowered group on medical management VK Paul today said any decision on the lockdown issue beyond May 31 would be based on the need to strike a balance between controlling the disease and normalising lives.

“The top consideration for any decision will be the necessity to keep the Covid pandemic size below the national capacity to manage it. So the main issue will be how to control and contain the disease,” Paul said.

The government says it has the capacity to deal with the disease with very few people on ventilators and 71,105 out of 1.65 lakh cured.

There are at present 89,987 active cases out of which less than one per cent are on ventilators.

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