India's COVID-19 recoveries on a steep upward trend, cross 47.5 lakh

Covid recoveries in India cross 47 lakh cases 58-lakh mark

The editorial, however, appreciated India for its lockdown measures that were put in place in March this year.

A total of 92,043 recoveries have been registered in a span of 24 hours in the country, while 88,600 new infections were recorded during the same period, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The Lancet was also critical of the ICMR's use of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ).

The editorial has also questioned ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava's controversial push to the procurement of coronavirus vaccine, way before the vaccine completed its trials.

"This pressure to avoid negative news, and to offer reassurance, appears to have been felt by several professional scientific organizations in India. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been singled out by experts for straying from scientific evidence, appearing at worst politically motivated and at best overly optimistic", the journal stated in its editorial.

Kerala's daily COVID-19 graph continues to surge with 7,006 new cases being reported on Saturday, taking the infection count to 1,66,939 and over 50,000 people are presently under treatment, state Health Minister K K Shailaja said.

As many as 1,124 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours taking the total count to 94,503, said the Union Health Ministry.

Kerala has been ranked first in the spread of coronavirus among states in India. According to the state's Women and Child Development Department, severe and moderate acute malnutrition cases went up from 2,399 in April to 2,459 in June in Palghar district, an increase of 2.5 per cent.

Ahmedabad, which crossed 35,000 cases with 1,800 Covid-19 deaths, taking the case fatality rate to 5.14 per cent, has also reduced testing. Presenting the current situation in India with a too positive spin not only clouds reality but also hampers vital public health initiatives.

"The rapidly growing case numbers, alongside the continuing relaxation of restrictions, are creating an atmosphere of fatalism mingled with false optimism that undermines effective use of non-pharmaceutical interventions such as masks and physical distancing", it warned.

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