COVID cases cross 21 lakh in India; recovery rate increases to 68.5%

Maharashtra reports highest single-day spike of 12,822 cases, taking the tally in the state to 5,03,084

The total number of coronavirus cases increased to 21,14,140 in the country. Photo: PTI

India crossed the 21-lakh mark in COVID-19 cases as the country reported 27,276 fresh cases, as of 10.00 pm on Saturday (August 08). The total number of coronavirus cases increased to 21,14,140, while the death toll rose to 42,821 with 243 new fatalities. More than 2.3 crore samples have been tested across the country.

Maharashtra on Saturday reported a highest single-day spike of 12,822 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the state to 5,03,084. With 275 COVID-19 patients succumbing, the death toll in the state increased to 17,367. However, 11,082 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the tally of recovered patients to 3,38,362.

Inching towards the three lakh mark in COVID-19 tally, Tamil Nadu on Saturday recorded 5,883 fresh cases while 118 deaths saw the toll climbing to 4,808. The state’s tally mounted to 2,90,907 while that of the state capital to 1,08,124 with the addition of 986 cases, the second day in a row it logged less than 1,000.

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Andhra Pradesh continued to witness a surge in COVID-19 cases as 10,080 fresh infections were reported, taking the overall tally to 2,17,040 while a single-day high of 97 fatalities were recorded. The state has 85,486 active cases after 1,29,615 coronavirus positive persons got cured, including 9,151 in the last 24 hours, and 1,939 succumbed.

Karnataka on Saturday reported the highest single-day spike of over 7,000 cases and 93 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 1,72,102 and the toll past the 3,000 mark. The day also saw 5,006 patients getting discharged after recovery. Of the 7,178 fresh cases reported today, 2,665 were from Bengaluru Urban alone.

Delhi recorded 1,404 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the tally in the city to over 1.44 lakh, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 4,098, authorities said. The number of daily cases after dipping to three-figure count last Sunday, has again shown a rise in the last few days, recording in excess of 1,000.

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West Bengals COVID-19 toll crossed the 2,000-mark as 51 more people died on Saturday. So far, 2,005 people have died in the state while 2,949 more cases were detected in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 92,615, it said. Total 2,064 people were discharged from different hospitals in the state in the last 24 hours.

Telangana witnessed the highest single-day spike of 2,256 COVID-19 cases on Saturday with the overall tally rising to 77,513. The toll rose to 615 with 14 more fatalities. State Labour and Employment Minister Ch Malla Reddy, in a video message, said he and his wife tested positive for the virus and are currently in isolation.

Gujarat’s COVID-19 case count mounted to 69,986 on Saturday with the addition of 1,101 patients while 23 people died, including 10 in Surat, taking the toll to 2,629. A total of 1,135 patients were discharged in the day, taking the count of recoveries to 52,827. A total of 26,272 samples were tested in the last 24 hours in the state.

Kerala on Saturday reported 1,420 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day surge so far. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said at least 1,715 people were cured today, which is also the highest in a single day in the state. “The State also reported four more deaths, which took the toll to 106,” he told reporters.

(With inputs from agencies)

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