The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday informed that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has increased to 26,496, whereas the death toll due to the deadly virus has surged to 824.
The ministry said there are 19,868 active cases of the virus in India till 8 am on Sunday.
Between Friday night and Saturday evening, India recorded a total of 56 coronavirus-related deaths. Moreover, Maharashtra recorded the most number of cases (over 6,000), followed by Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan, each of which reported more than 2,000 confirmed cases, as per the figures till Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh surged past the 1,000-mark on Saturday with the state reporting a total of 1,061 cases. Out of these, 171 patients have recovered while 31 have succumbed to the infection. Multiple reports highlighted frontline workers, especially police personnel, were among those infected with COVID-19 in the southern state.
In Mumbai, a police constable, aged 57, died while undergoing treatment for the novel coronavirus. He was posted at the Vakola police station and had tested positive for COVID-19 just a few days back.
|S. No.||Name of State / UT||Total Confirmed cases (Including 111 foreign Nationals)||Cured/Discharged/
|1||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||33||11||0|
|13||Jammu and Kashmir||494||112||6|
|Total number of confirmed cases in India||26496||5804||824|
The Centre had earlier claimed that the average doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in India is 9.1 days. It was further stated that between 8 am on Friday and 8 am on Saturday, India recorded a 6 per cent growth in new coronavirus cases. This has been pegged as the lowest daily growth rate recorded since the number of confirmed cases of the infection reached 100.
Several Indian states are now considering the use of plasma therapy for the treatment of critical COVID-19 patients. According to healthcare experts, the plasma taken from the body of a patient who has recovered from COVID-19 includes antibodies that can help stabilise the immune system of patients battling the infection.
However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that people who tested positive for the virus and eventually recovered later might not be immune and protected against reinfection.
“There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection,” the WHO said in a statement.
“People who assume that they are immune to a second infection because they have received a positive test result may ignore public health advice,” it said.