New Delhi, October 1
September has been the worst month in the county’s fight against the Covid pandemic, accounting for over 40 per cent of all cases and nearly 34 per cent of the deaths. The first case in India was reported on January 30.
Transmission mainly by ‘superspreaders’
A study published in the journal “Science” found that transmission of Covid in India has been driven mainly by superspreaders or a small percentage of infected people. The researchers found 8% of those infected accounted for 60% of new infections.
As the country braces for Unlock 5.0, experts attribute the rise in confirmed cases and deaths through September to the opening up of the economy coupled with aggressive testing.
As of Thursday, the total confirmed cases rose to 63,12,584 with 52,73,201 recoveries. September saw 26,24,179 cases — 41.57 per cent of the entire burden — and 33,255 (33.7 per cent) fatalities out of 98,678 till last month. — TNS