India witnessed a drop in fresh Covid-19 cases and deaths in a small relief to a healthcare system battling the world’s fastest spreading outbreak.
3.66 lakh people tested positive for the virus in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on May 10, after four consecutive days of more than 4 lakh new infections.
Daily deaths, too, dropped below 4,000 after two days. 3,754 patients succumbed to the illness in 24 hours, taking the nation’s total death toll to 2.46 lakh.
To be clear, data on Covid cases and related deaths may be severely deficient as several states have inadequate testing, chronic underreporting and have been reportedly concealing such data by attributing the casualties to other causes.
India’s health authorities warned about a fungal infection seen in some Covid-19 patients which can disfigure facial features and even kill.
Mucormycosis, also called the “black fungus” infection, can damage the sinuses or lungs when the spores are inhaled, the Indian Council of Medical Research said in a health advisory issued Sunday. Patients who have been on medication for some time or had prolonged stays in the ICU are particularly susceptible, the ICMR said.
The rare but deadly infection can kill and maim patients, with some Covid sufferers losing their upper jaws and eyes after contracting it, according to local media reports.