India’s coronavirus tally crossed the 75 lakh-mark on Monday with 55,722 fresh Covid-19 cases and 579 deaths in 24 hours. While the total cases stood at 75.5 lakh, the death toll was reported at 1,14,610. The figures come a day after a government appointed committee of experts on the coronavirus pandemic warned of an exponential increase of 26 lakh cases within a month if Covid-19 precautions are not followed properly during the festive season and the oncoming winter.
The 10-member committee, headed by Niti Aayog member VK Paul, arrived at the figure after conducting a study on ‘Progression of the Covid-19 Pandemic in India: Prognosis and Lockdown Impacts’, based on a mathematical model to map Covid-19 progression.
It can be as much as "up to 26 lakh cases within a month”, the panel said, warning of a second wave of infections in the winter when respiratory viruses thrive in cooler temperatures.
The committee, set up by the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, has concluded in its assessment that the approaching festive season may increase susceptibility to the infection.