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India’s coronavirus tally reaches 8.23 million as study suggests ‘Indians More Immune’

India’s coronavirus tally reached 8.23 million after recording 45,231 new coronavirus infections in the past 24-hours, the health ministry said on Monday.

The daily infection tally has seen a steady drop since September, but experts warn that infections could rise again during the festival season.

The country has the world’s second-highest caseload, behind the United States, which has more than 9 million.

There were 496 deaths in the last 24 hours from the coronavirus, taking total deaths to 122,607.

‘Indians More Immune’:

A research by the Indian scientists published in the medrxiv suggests that low hygiene, lack of clean drinking water, and unsanitary conditions may have actually saved many lives from severe Covid-19.

In other words, they propose that people living in low and low middle-income countries may have been able to stave off severe forms of the infection because of exposure to various pathogens from childhood, which give them sturdier immunity to Covid-19.

Also, epidemiologists have attributed the low fatality rate in countries like India to a young population – the elderly are typically more vulnerable.

The study looked at yet to be peer reviewed, looked at deaths per million of population to compare fatality rates.

Elephant Safaris Resume:

Elephant safaris have resumed at a famous national park in India’s northeastern state of Assam, seven months after being forced to shut by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site, reopened on Oct. 21, part of a wider easing of lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus.

37 tourists at a time are allowed to move around the park on the elephants while adhering strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols.