Coronavirus India live updates: A noted health expert has predicted India may witness Covid cases peaking in mid-July if the current lockdown is lifted on May 30. Speaking to PTI, Professor and Head of Life Course Epidemiology at the Public Health Foundation of India Giridhara R Babu said that the country at present is definitely at a lower trajectory in terms of COVID-19 deaths compared to anywhere in the world which means it has contained the transmission of the virus to a great extent. “If the lockdown is lifted on May 30, then we will have peak around mid-July because if you take three incubations period, which is one-and-half months, that will be enough for you to know how the disease spreads when nothing is controlled,” he told PTI.
After a shut down of all activities which lasted 55 days, buses and private vehicles were allowed to ply the roads with certain restrictions in place; most shops have also been allowed to reopen, though different states have imposed their own rules.
Meanwhile, the ICMR said that a total of 25,12,388 samples have been tested by 9 am of Wednesday, and the testing capacity has been scaled up to 1 lakh tests per day. With less than 100 COVID-19 tests per day just two months ago, to a 1000-fold increase in just 60 days.
Globally, as many as 49 lakh confirmed cases have been reported worldwide with 3.2 lakh fatalities.
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