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India’s COVID-19 death toll surges past 58,000-mark


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday informed that 60,975 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 31.67 lakh. The biggest single-day surge of nearly 70,000 cases was reported on August 22.

58,390 deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 848 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 58,390. 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.

24.04 lakh patients recovered

Of the 31.67 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 7.04 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is marginally above 22 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 24.04 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

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Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 75.92 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 9.25 lakh samples was tested on August 24. Only 6.09 lakh samples were tested in India on August 23.

“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.

848 deaths in a day

Of the 848 deaths reported in a day, 212 are from Maharashtra, 97 from Tamil Nadu and 127 from Karnataka. Eighty-six deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 57 from West Bengal and 61 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 13 deaths and Delhi 13 deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 17 deaths. Punjab has reported 43 deaths.

Ten deaths were registered in Odisha, whereas three deaths were reported from Bihar. Nine deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Twelve deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and seven from Jammu and Kashmir.

Ten fatalities have been reported from Assam, 10 from Haryana and seven from Uttarakhand. Five deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Eighteen deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and 11 from Kerala.


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