With 64,531 people testing positively in a day, India’s COVID-19 count rose on Wednesday to 27,67,273, while the recoveries crossed the 20-lakh mark raising the recovery rate to 73.64%, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The death toll climbed to 52,889 with 1,092 people succumbing to the disease within 24 hours, new data showed at 8 am. The rate of case fatality has fallen to 1.91 per cent.
In the country, there are 6,76,514 active cases of coronavirus infection, which is 24.45% of the total caseload, whereas the number of recoveries has risen to 20,37,870. On 7 August India’s COVID-19 tally surpassed the 20-lakh mark. A cumulative total of 22.214.171.1242 samples were tested till August 18, with 8.01.518 samples being tested on Tuesday, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Of the 1,092 fresh deaths, Maharashtra recorded the highest number of deaths at 422, followed by 139 in Karnataka, 121 in Tamil Nadu, 88 in Andhra Pradesh, 70 in Uttar Pradesh, 55 in West Bengal, 35 in Punjab, 20 in Gujarat, 13 in Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, 12 in Delhi and Jharkhand and 11 in Rajasthan.
Nine fatalities were reported each from Odisha and Puducherry, eight from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Telangana, seven from Haryana, six from Assam, Kerala and Uttarakhand, five from Goa, three from Ladakh and Tripura, and one from Andaman and the Nicobar Islands, Sikkim and Manipur. Of the total 52,889 deaths, the maximum was reported by Maharashtra at 20,687, followed by 6,007 in Tamil Nadu, 4,226 in Delhi, 4,201 in Karnataka, 2,820 each in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, 2,585 in Uttar Pradesh, 2,528 in West Bengal and 1,141 in Madhya Pradesh.
To date, COVID-19 has killed 898 people, each in Rajasthan and Punjab, 719 in Telangana, 557 in Haryana, 561 in Jammu and Kashmir, 476 in Bihar, 362 in Odisha, 262 in Jharkhand, 203 in Assam, 175 in Kerala and 164 in Uttarakhand. Chhattisgarh reported 158 deaths, respectively Puducherry 123, Goa 116, Tripura 65, Chandigarh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands 30 each, Himachal Pradesh 19, Manipur 18, Ladakh 17, Nagaland eight, Meghalaya six, Arunachal Pradesh five, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu and Sikkim two. The Ministry of Health stressed that more than 70 per cent of deaths were caused by comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.