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COVID-19 in India: Over 2 million cases, nearly 900 deaths in 24 hours

India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the two million mark to stand at 2,027,074 while fatalities were recorded at 41,585 on Friday, data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealed. As many as 62,538 fresh cases were recorded within a span of 24 hours.

In a first-of-its-kind study, air samples from intensive care units, hospital corridors, waiting rooms, and places where healthcare workers are most at risk will be collected and investigated to understand whether the airborne transmission is contributing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The study is an attempt to explore the possibility of airborne transmission of coronavirus, Dr. Shekhar Mande, director-general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), told The Indian Express.

Globally, over 19 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus; over seven lakh have died so far. The United States continues to be the worst-affected followed by Brazil and India.

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