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COVID-19: India’s death toll nearing 51,000


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday informed that 57,981 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 26.47 lakh.

50,921 deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 941 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 50,921. 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.

19.19 lakh patients recovered

Of the 26.47 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 6.76 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is above 25 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 19.19 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

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Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 72.51 per cent.

Over 3 crore samples tested

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 3 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, 7.31 lakh samples were tested on Sunday. Notably, the 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.

941 deaths in a day

Of the 941 deaths reported in a day, 288 are from Maharashtra, 125 from Tamil Nadu and 116 from Karnataka. Eighty-eight deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 51 from West Bengal and 56 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 20 deaths and Delhi eight deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 11 deaths. Punjab has reported 41 deaths.

Ten deaths were registered in Odisha, whereas 11 deaths were reported from Bihar. 10 deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Fourteen deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and 15 from Jammu and Kashmir.

Seven fatalities have been reported from Assam, 10 from Haryana and one from Uttarakhand. Four deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Sixteen deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and 10 from Kerala.


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