India: Coronavirus cases tally tops 2.9 million

The Coronavirus infection tally is inching towards the 3 million mark after reporting 68,898 new infections in the last 24 hours.

The total number of cases in the country now stands at 2.9 million.

Deaths in the same period jumped by 983, with the total now at 54,849.

India is the worst-hit country in Asia, and third behind the United States and Brazil in terms of total cases of the coronavirus.

1 in 4 Indians exposed:

Thyrocare Labs, a leading private lab in India has suggested that  26% of India’s 1.38 billion population might have already been infected with the virus.

Data from serological tests conducted on about 270,000 people showed 26% Indians had already contracted the novel coronavirus disease.

They have neutralizing antibodies in their blood, which is the immune response a body automatically generates to fight off the potentially deadly virus.

In July, the company had provided an estimate of 15% but that was from a smaller sample of 53,000.

Notably, it also indicates that we are gradually heading towards the scenario of herd immunity in India.

In fact, if the current trend of infections-recoveries continues, 40% of India’s population will have antibodies against coronavirus, Dr. Velumani projected.