India on Saturday recorded 57,117 COVID-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours.
With this, the total tally has neared 17 lakh. The total now stands at 16,95,988.
This is the third consecutive day of India recording over 50,000 COVID-19 cases.
The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners.
764 new fatalities were reported during the same period taking the death toll to 36,511.
The country has an average death rate of 2.18%.
Of the total deaths reported in a day, 265 are from Maharashtra, 97 from Tamil Nadu, 84 from Karnataka, 68 from Andhra Pradesh, 45 from West Bengal, 43 from Uttar Pradesh, 27 from Delhi and 23 from Gujarat among others.
COVID-19 recovery shows a surge too
Total recoveries from the disease now stand at 10,94,374.
At present, there are 5,65,103 active cases in the country.
The recovery rate is 64.53%. 36,569 COVID-19 patients were cured and discharged in the last 24 hours.
The recoveries on Tuesday is one of the highest ever recorded in a single day.
More than five lakh COVID-19 tests were conducted in a single day on Friday taking the total number of tests conducted so far to 1,93,58,659.
COVID-19 vaccine: Human trial begins in India
The human trial of the coronavirus vaccine began in Uttar Pradesh from Saturday onwards.
Covaxin is India’s first potential vaccine for the disease.
The trial will begin at Rana Hospital and Trauma Centre in Uttar Pradesh.
It is one of the 12 institutes selected by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for clinical human trials of Covaxin.
Japan model under question
Japan, which had not registered many COVID-19 cases despite not imposing a lockdown, is now seeing a surge in the number of cases.
Among other things, Japan’s low COVID-19 numbers were attributed to cultural traits like – always wearing a mask when going out- and overall cleanliness and hygiene in the country.
It even had a limited number of testing for the disease in the first phase of the disease.
But now questions are being raised about the ‘Japan model’ as it records a surge in cases.
The country has been recording rising infections every single day in the last week.