The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday said that five states account for a majority of the active COVID-19 cases in India. The five states are—Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu— and together they account for 62 per cent of the active COVID-19 cases in the country.
While India might be reporting the highest surge in COVID-19 cases globally, the Centre asserted that India’s coronavirus cases per million is much less. The ministry said while countries like Brazil are reporting over 28,000 cases per million population, India is reporting around 2,000 cases.
Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said: “Daily numbers are increasing, but you have to see all this in the context of population. We are also testing more people and positivity rate remains around 7 per cent.”
So far, 2.57 crore people have got infected with coronavirus across the globe. Also, over 8.56 lakh people have succumbed to the viral infection.
Active cases from five states
As per the health ministry, 2.02 lakh active cases of COVID-19 are from Maharashtra. Similarly, Andhra Pradesh has 1.03 lakh active cases of the virus. Karnataka has 94,478 active cases, whereas Tamil Nadu has 52,380 active cases. Uttar Pradesh has 56,459 active cases of the virus.
RT-PCR tests less than optimal limit in some states
Responding to queries on RT-PCR test for COVID-19, the health secretary said: “There is no uniform picture across the country. In Tamil Nadu more than 90 per cent are RT-PCR tests. In some states, there are more containment zones.”
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He, however, admitted that there are states where RT-PCR testing is less than the optimal limit. “They are under our radar and we are in touch with them to change that situation,” Bhushan said.
38.53 lakh coronavirus cases in India
The health ministry earlier on Thursday informed that 83,883 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 38.53 lakh.
It is the biggest single-day surge in coronavirus cases in India. The second-highest surge of over 78,761 cases was reported on August 30 followed by over 78,357 cases reported on September 2.
67,376 deaths due to coronavirus
Also, 1,044 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 67,376. Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above 900 for the past many days. However, it dipped below the 900-mark on September 1. Previously, it had crossed the 1,000-mark on August 28.
Similarly, the case count has remained well past the 60,000-mark for the past few days. However, the biggest surge of over 83,883 cases was reported on September 3.
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