The number of COVID-19 cases in India increased to more than 9 lakh on Monday (July 13) as 24,746 new cases were reported across the country. However, India’s recovery rate has risen to 63.02 per cent with 15,301 people discharged from hospitals on a single day. Exactly one week ago, on July 06, the tally crossed 7-lakh mark in the country.
At 9.30 pm on July 13, the number of COVID-19 infections in India stood at 9,04,225, of which 5,69,753 people have been cured or discharged from hospitals. There are 3,10,377 active cases in the country. With 524 people succumbing to the disease on Monday, the number of fatalities has increased to 23,711.
Meanwhile, the Centre said 19 states and union territories have a COVID-19 recovery rate higher than the national average. The Centre said coordinated steps taken by it, along with state governments have contributed to a “gradual surge” in the recovery of patients. It added that there were 30 states and UTs that have a fatality rate lower than the national average of 2.64 per cent.
Maharashtra recorded 6,497 new cases of COVID-19, taking its tally to 2,60,924 on Monday, while 193 more patients succumbed to the infection. With 193 fresh deaths, the toll rose to 10,482. Also, 4,182 people were discharged from hospitals in the state, pushing up the number of recoveries to 1,44,507.
Delhi recorded 1,246 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the city to 1,13,740. The death toll from the disease climbed to 3,411, with 40 fatalities on Monday. The number of active cases stood at 19,017, down from 19,155 the previous day. On June 23, the national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947 cases, till date.
COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu shot past the 4,000 mark for the second consecutive day, pushing the cumulative tally in excess of 1.38 lakh, with the death count crossing 2,000. As many as 4,328 fresh infections were reported on Monday, taking the tally to 1,42,798 and 66 fatalities pushed the death count to 2,032.
Gujarat on Monday reported the highest single-day spike of 902 COVID-19 cases, taking the overall count in the state to 42,808 while fatalities mounted by 10, including five in Surat, to 2,057. A total of 608 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of the recovered cases to 29,806. The state now has 10,945 active cases.
As many as 24 more people died due to COVID-19 in West Bengal, taking the total number of fatalities in the state to 956. A total of 1,435 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from different districts of the state in the last 24 hours, pushing the infection tally to 31,448. The number of active cases in the state stood at 11,279.
Twenty-one more people died from coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh as the state reported a record daily spike of 1,654 infections, pushing the total number of cases to 38,130. So far, 955 have died from the infection in the state. The state now has 12,972 active cases as 24,203 patients have been discharged after treatment.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Punjab crossed the 8,000-mark on Monday with 357 fresh cases, while five more deaths pushed the toll to 204. With the fresh infections, the states tally has risen to 8,178. Of the latest fatalities, three were reported from Jalandhar and two from Amritsar
Meanwhile, the United Nations said the ranks of the worlds hungry grew by 10 million last year and warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could push as many as 130 million more people into chronic hunger this year. Preliminary projections based on available global economic outlooks suggest the pandemic may add an additional 83 (million) to 132 million people to the ranks of the undernourished in 2020, a report said.