The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday informed that 66,999 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. It is the biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases reported in the country. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 23.96 lakh.
47,033 deaths due to coronavirus
Also, 942 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 47,033. Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above 800 for the past many days.
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.
16.95 lakh patients recovered
Of the 23.96 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 6.53 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is marginally above 27 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 16.95 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 70.77 per cent.
2.68 crore samples tested
So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 2.68 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, over 8.30 lakh samples were tested on Wednesday. Notably, it is the highest number of samples tested in a day.
“India is performing around 500 tests for detection of coronavirus per minute and the per-day testing capacity has increased over five lakhs,” scientist and ICMR media coordinator Lokesh Sharma said.
942 deaths in a day
Of the 942 deaths reported in a day, 344 are from Maharashtra, 119 from Tamil Nadu and 112 from Karnataka. Ninety-three deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 54 from West Bengal and 54 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 18 deaths and Delhi 14 deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 15 deaths. Punjab has reported 39 deaths.
Nine deaths were registered in Odisha, whereas three deaths were reported from Bihar. Eleven deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Eleven deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and eight from Jammu and Kashmir.
Six fatalities have been reported from Assam, three from Haryana and four from Uttarakhand. Five deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Five deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and six from Kerala.
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