India may become worst COVID-affected country by October with over 70 lakh cases: BITS Pilani
The team of researchers from BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, has been engaged in forecasting the spread of COVID-19 in India using advanced statistical learning techniques
Hyderabad: India may witness over seven million COVID-19 cases by the first week of October, surpassing the US and emerging as the country with highest number of infections, a team of researchers from BITS Pilani, Hyderabad said on Friday.
The Union Health Ministry data on Friday said the number of coronavirus cases in India breached the 45 lakh mark while
a data released by a national public health institute in the US said the number of infections in the North American country crossed six million as of 8 September.
The team has been engaged in forecasting COVID-19 pandemic in India using advanced statistical learning techniques, lead researcher Dr TSL Radhika of the Department of Applied Mathematics, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus said.
The team has recently communicated its findings to the 'International Journal of Infectious Diseases' published by the well known publisher Elsevier.
"Our results, obtained using a model based on statistical learning techniques applied to the existing data, indicate
that India is likely to become the top COVID-19 country in the world, surpassing the United States by about the first week of October, that is in about a month's time. The total number of cases is also likely to cross the 70-lakh mark by this time. The figure however is contingent on the number of tests being carried out," Dr Radhika said in an email communication
The researchers are now working on refining their model based on advanced machine learning techniques to make predictions for the longer term, the researcher added.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16 January with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase
"The Premier League can confirm today that 81 percent of players have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, with 68 percent now fully vaccinated," the league said in a statement.
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The national COVID-19 recovery rate is at 98.07 percent, the highest since March 2020, according to the health ministry