While the COVID-19 fatality rate has been falling progressively in India, the country crossed the 10-lakh mark in the number of recoveries on Wednesday (July 29), increasing the recovery rate to 64.25 per cent. As of 8.30 pm, the country had witnessed 15,68,001 cases, while the death toll increased to 34,597.
As many as 35,867 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported across the country on Wednesday, while 369 patients had succumbed to the disease. A total of 10,07,488 people have been cured of the coronavirus infection and 5,25,488 cases are active in the country. On Wednesday alone, 18,706 people recovered from COVID-19.
Coronavirus cases rocketed to 1,20,390 in Andhra Pradesh as it logged the biggest single-day high of 10,093 infections on Wednesday. It conducted a record number of 70,584 tests in the last 24 hours ending at 9 am. The state saw 65 new COVID-19 deaths, taking the toll to 1,213. Its infection positivity rate has shot up to 6.61 per cent.
With 9,211 new patients being detected, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra crossed the four-lakh mark. While the case count in the state reached 4,00,651, death toll due to the pandemic went up to 14,463 with 298 patients dying, 60 of them in Mumbai. A total of 20,16,234 samples have been tested so far in the state.
Tamil Nadu’s infection count rose to 2,34,114 with the addition of 6,426 fresh COVID-19 cases, while the death toll surged to 3,741 with 82 fatalities. The number of recoveries stood at 1,72,883, while active cases at 57,490. A total of 60,794 samples were tested on Wednesday, taking the number of specimens tested so far to 25,36,660.
Karnataka reported 5,503 new COVID-19 cases of and 92 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 1,12,504 and the death toll to 2,147. The day also saw 2,397 patients getting discharged after recovery. Of the fresh cases reported on Wednesday, a whopping 2,270 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.
Uttar Pradesh reported a record single-day spike of 3,570 COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to more than 77,000, while 33 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,530. The state has 29,997 active COVID-19 and 45,807 patients have been discharged after treatment. The total number of cases reported in the state is 77,334.
Gujarat reported 1,144 new coronavirus cases, its highest single-day spike, taking the tally to 59,126. Fatalities rose to 2,396 with the death of 24 more COVID-19 patients. The number of recovered cases in the state rose to 43,195 after 783 more patients were discharged from hospitals. There are 13,535 active cases in the state.
Odisha’s COVID-19 tally surpassed 29,000 after another 1,068 people tested positive for the virus, while the death toll rose to 159 with five more patients succumbing to the disease. The total number of coronavirus patients in Odisha now stands at 29,175. So far, 18,061 people have recovered, leaving 10,919 active cases.
Delhi recorded 1,035 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally in the city to 1,33,310, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 3,907. A total of 26 more fatalities were recorded in the city, raising the death toll to 3,907. The number of active cases is 10,770, down from 10,887 the previous day.
Kerala reported 903 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 30 health workers, on Wednesday, taking the infection tally to 21,797, while the toll climbed to 68 with one more death. As many as 10,351 people were presently under treatment, while 11,369 have recovered so far with 641 discharged, Health Minister KK Shailaja said.
Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has asked the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to ensure equitable distribution of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab drugs, which have been included as “investigational therapies” in the national treatment protocols for COVID-19, across the country.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said emerging evidence suggested that smoking increased the risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as worsened the outcome in people infected with the virus. He said alcohol intoxication could also increase the risk of infection and have other effects, including a reduction of immunity.