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COVID-19: India’s case tally crosses 27 lakh-mark


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday informed that 55,079 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 27.02 lakh.

51,797 deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 876 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 51,797. 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.

19.77 lakh patients recovered

Of the 27.02 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 6.73 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is marginally less than 25 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 19.77 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

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Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 73.18 per cent.

Over 3.09 crore samples tested

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 3.09 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, over 8.99 lakh samples were tested on Sunday. Notably, it is the highest number of samples tested in a day. The second-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.

876 deaths in a day

Of the 876 deaths reported in a day, 228 are from Maharashtra, 120 from Tamil Nadu and 115 from Karnataka. Eighty-two deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 45 from West Bengal and 66 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 15 deaths and Delhi 18 deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 23 deaths. Punjab has reported 51 deaths.

Ten deaths were registered in Odisha, whereas seven deaths were reported from Bihar. Eight deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Eleven deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and six from Jammu and Kashmir.

Eight fatalities have been reported from Assam, 12 from Haryana and six from Uttarakhand. Four deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Six deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and 13 from Kerala.


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