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COVID-19: India reports nearly 50,000 deaths

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday informed that 63,490 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 25.89 lakh.

49,980 deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 944 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 48,980. Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above 800 for the past many days. It crossed the 1,000-mark on August 13.

Similarly, the case count has remained well past the 60,000-mark for the past few days. However, it dipped to less than 55,000 on August 11. It again surged past the 60,000-mark on August 12 and recorded the biggest surge of close to 67,000 cases on August 13.

18.62 lakh patients recovered

Of the 25.89 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 6.77 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is marginally above 26 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 18.62 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

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Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 71.91 per cent.

2.93 crore samples tested

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 2.93 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, 7.46 lakh samples were tested on Saturday. Notably, the highest number of over 8.48 lakh samples was tested on August 13.

“In pursuance of the ‘test, track and treat’ strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of 10 lakh tests per day,” the health ministry said.

The week-wise average daily tests conducted also saw a sharp increase. It increased from around 2.3 lakh in the first week of July 2020 to more than 6.3 lakh in the current week, the ministry said.

944 deaths in a day

Of the 944 deaths reported in a day, 322 are from Maharashtra, 127 from Tamil Nadu and 114 from Karnataka. Eighty-seven deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 58 from West Bengal and 58 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 19 deaths and Delhi 10 deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 13 deaths. Punjab has reported 40 deaths.

Nine deaths were registered in Odisha, whereas eight deaths were reported from Bihar. Nine deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Sixteen deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and seven from Jammu and Kashmir.

Seven fatalities have been reported from Assam, 10 from Haryana and four from Uttarakhand. No deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Four deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and seven from Kerala.

 

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