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COVID-19: India’s death toll nearing 39,000-mark


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday informed that 52,050 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case count in the country to 18.55 lakh.

The COVID-19 case count had crossed the 17 lakh-mark on Sunday. The daily surge in coronavirus cases continues to remain above the 50,000-mark for the past six days.

Death toll nearing 39,000

The death toll due to coronavirus in the country crossed the 38,000-mark on Monday and is nearing the 39,000-mark on Tuesday. The death toll currently stands at 38,938. Notably, 803 people have succumbed to the viral infection in the past 24 hours.

Of the 803 deaths reported on Tuesday, 266 deaths have been reported from Maharashtra alone. 109 deaths have been reported from Tamil Nadu and 98 deaths have been reported from Karnataka.

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Andhra Pradesh has reported 63 deaths and 48 deaths have been reported from Uttar Pradesh. West Bengal has reported 53 deaths and Gujarat has reported 22 deaths.

12.30 lakh people have recovered

Of the 18.55 lakh cases recorded so far, 5.86 lakh cases are active patients that are availing treatment. Over 12.30 lakh patients have recovered from the viral infection. The figures include foreigners who have availed treatment in India.

As a result, the COVID-19 recovery rate in the country has improved to 66.31 per cent. Similarly, the fatality rate has declined to 2.13 per cent, the ministry informed.

Over 2.08 cr samples tested

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has informed that over 2 crore samples have been tested for the deadly infection so far. It said 2.08 crore samples have been tested till August 3 and over 6.61 lakh samples were tested on Monday.

Maharashtra remains worst-affected state

As far as cases are concerned, Maharashtra continues to remain the worst affected state, while Tamil Nadu comes second. The three other states that have occupied the first five positions in the COVID-19 case burden list are Andhra Pradesh, national capital Delhi and Karnataka. Notably, many other states such as West Bengal and Odisha are recording a major surge in cases and finding it difficult to manage the shortage of beds.


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