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India’s coronavirus case count touches 26,496, death toll increases to 824

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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/
Migrated
Death
1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 33 11 0
2 Andhra Pradesh 1061 171 31
3 Arunachal Pradesh 1 1 0
4 Assam 36 19 1
5 Bihar 243 46 2
6 Chandigarh 28 15 0
7 Chhattisgarh 37 32 0
8 Delhi 2625 869 54
9 Goa 7 7 0
10 Gujarat 3071 282 133
11 Haryana 289 176 3
12 Himachal Pradesh 40 22 1
13 Jammu and Kashmir 494 112 6
14 Jharkhand 67 13 3
15 Karnataka 500 158 18
16 Kerala 457 338 4
17 Ladakh 20 14 0
18 Madhya Pradesh 2096 210 99
19 Maharashtra 7628 1076 323
20 Manipur 2 2 0
21 Meghalaya 12 0 1
22 Mizoram 1 0 0
23 Odisha 94 33 1
24 Puducherry 7 3 0
25 Punjab 298 67 17
26 Rajasthan 2083 493 33
27 Tamil Nadu 1821 960 23
28 Telengana 991 280 26
29 Tripura 2 2 0
30 Uttarakhand 48 26 0
31 Uttar Pradesh 1793 261 27
32 West Bengal 611 105 18
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.

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