The number of COVID-19 cases in India increased to 7,39,646, with 19,300 fresh cases were reported on Tuesday (July 07). The death toll also rose to 20,628, as 454 people died of the disease across the country on a single day. While there are 2,64,062 active cases in India, 4,54,858 people have been cured or discharged from hospitals.
Uttar Pradesh recorded its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases with 1,332 new infections pushing the states tally to 29,968 on Tuesday. So far, 827 fatalities have been reported in the state, with 18 deaths in the last 24 hours, Principal Secretary for Health Amit Mohan Prasad said.
Karnataka too witnessed a spike on Tuesday with 1,498 new COVID-19 cases and 15 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 26,815 and the death toll to 416. The day also saw 571 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the 1,498 new cases, 800 were from Bengaluru urban alone.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra spiked by 5,134 on Tuesday, taking the total count to 2,17,121. With 224 more patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll has gone up to 9,250, it said. A total of 3,296 patients were discharged from hospitals in the day, taking the number of the recovered cases to 1,18,558.
Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had said people could test themselves for the coronavirus infection at designated private laboratories in the city without a doctor’s prescription. The civic body also said that those placed in institutional quarantine would be discharged only when they test negative for the virus.
Tamil Nadu crossed the 14-lakh mark in the number of samples tested for COVID-19, with nearly 40,000 being examined on Tuesday alone. The state reported 3,616 new cases and 65 fatalities, taking the tally to 1,18,594 and the toll to 1,636. Of the fresh cases, Chennai accounted for 1,203, reflecting a continuation of drop in new infections.
Delhi too witnessed a drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases as the national capital recorded 2,008 fresh infections on Tuesday, taking the tally to over 1.02 lakh. The death toll from the disease mounted to 3,165, of which 50 fatalities were on Tuesday alone. The total number of cases in Delhi stood at 1,02,831.
In Gujarat, a senior Congress leader, battling the COVID-19 infection, has been put on ventilator support. The condition of the 66-year-old leader, who had served as a minister in the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, is stable. A BJP MLA from Surat and a Congress MLA from Banaskantha district have also tested positive for COVID-19.
The state reported yet another highest-ever single-day spike of 778 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to 37,636. It also witnessed deaths of 17 more patients, raising the fatalities to 1,979. Also, 421 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered cases in Gujarat to 26,744.
As the number of COVID-19 cases in West Bengal rose to 23,837, with 850 fresh cases on Tuesday, the state government decided to expand the areas under lockdown and impose tougher restrictions from July 9 to stem the relentless spike in cases. The state also reported 25 fatalities, raising the death toll to 804.
Even as the country’s infection tally went past the 7 lakh-mark, the Union Health Ministry has said India’s total number of coronavirus cases and fatalities per million population is one of the lowest in the world. The ministry said the COVID-19 cases per million population in the country was 505.37, as against the global average of 1,453.25.
(With agency inputs)