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COVID-19: India’s case tally nearing 25 lakh


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday informed that 64,553 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 24.61 lakh.

48,040 deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 1,007 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 48,040. 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 Thursday.

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 Tuesday. It again surged past the 60,000-mark on Wednesday and recorded the biggest surge of close to 67,000 cases on Thursday.

17.51 lakh patients recovered

Of the 24.61 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 6.61 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is marginally less than 27 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 17.51 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

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Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 71.17 per cent.

2.77 crore samples tested

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 2.77 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, over 8.48 lakh samples were tested on Thursday. Notably, it is the highest number of samples tested in a day.

“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.

1,007 deaths in a day

Of the 1,007 deaths reported in a day, 413 are from Maharashtra, 119 from Tamil Nadu and 103 from Karnataka. Eighty-two deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 56 from West Bengal and 50 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 18 deaths and Delhi 14 deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 17 deaths. Punjab has reported 31 deaths.

Nine deaths were registered in Odisha, whereas 10 deaths were reported from Bihar. Nine deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Eleven deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and 11 from Jammu and Kashmir.

Eight fatalities have been reported from Assam, eight from Haryana and three from Uttarakhand. Six deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Twelve deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and three from Kerala.


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