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India’s COVID-19 death toll climbs to 57,542


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday informed that 61,408 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 31.06 lakh. The biggest single-day surge of nearly 70,000 cases was reported on August 22.

57,542 deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 836 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 57,542. 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 second-biggest surge of close to 67,000 cases on August 13.

23.38 lakh patients recovered

Of the 31.06 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 7.10 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is marginally less than 23 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 23.38 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

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Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 75.27 per cent.

Over 3.5 crore samples tested

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 3.5 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, 10.23 lakh samples were tested on August 21. Notably, it is the highest number of samples tested in a day. The second-highest number of over 8.48 lakh samples was tested on August 13. Only 6.09 lakh samples were tested in India on Sunday.

“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.

836 deaths in a day

Of the 836 deaths reported in a day, 258 are from Maharashtra, 97 from Tamil Nadu and 68 from Karnataka. Ninety-three deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 57 from West Bengal and 59 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 14 deaths and Delhi 16 deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 23 deaths. Punjab has reported 50 deaths.

Ten deaths were registered in Odisha, whereas eight deaths were reported from Bihar. Six deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Eleven deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and nine from Jammu and Kashmir.

Eight fatalities have been reported from Assam, six from Haryana and five from Uttarakhand. Eight deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Four deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and five from Kerala.


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