COVID: India crosses 15-lakh mark; recovery rate increases to 64%

Karnataka, Kerala report the biggest single-day spike in fresh cases; WB extends biweekly restrictions

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The country's fatality too has progressively declined to 2.25 per cent from 3.33 per cent on June 18. Photo: PTI (File)

India crossed the 15-lakh mark in COVID-19 cases as the country reported 34,235 fresh cases, as of 8 pm on Tuesday (July 28). The total number of coronavirus cases increased to 15,16,738, while the death toll rose to 33,866 with 412 new fatalities. More than 1.73 crore samples have been tested across the country.

However, the country’s recovery rate went up to 64 per cent as 18,231 people were cured of the disease. Currently, India has 5,11,119 active cases, while 9,71,330 people have been recovered from COVID-19 or discharged from hospitals. The fatality rate too has progressively declined to 2.25 per cent from 3.33 per cent on June 18.

The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra increased to 3,91,440, with the addition of 7,717 new cases. With 282 patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll mounted to 14,165. A total of 10,333 patients were discharged in the day, taking the number of recovered cases in the state to 2,32,277 while the count of active cases dropped to 1,44,694.

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Tamil Nadu reported 6,972 fresh cases of COVID-19, pushing the overall tally to 2,27,688. The total number of fatalities stood at 3,659, following 88 new deaths. As many as 4,707 persons were discharged today, taking the total recoveries to 1,66,956, leaving 57,073 active cases. Over 61,000 samples were tested on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 death toll in Karnataka breached the 2,000 mark, while the state reported its biggest single-day spike of 5,536 new cases, taking the total infection count to 1,07,001. The day also saw a record 2,819 patients getting discharged after recovery. As many as 102 people succumbed to the disease, taking the toll to 2,055.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said people had to live with coronavirus as the infection spread continued its steep upward climb in the state with the addition of 7,948 new cases taking the tally to 1,10,297. The active cases stood at 56,527 and the number of recovered at 52,622 while the toll rose to 1,148 with 58 fresh deaths.

Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 1,056 fresh coronavirus infections, taking the tally to over 1.32 lakh, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 3,881. As many as 28 fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours. The active caseload stood at 10,887, down from 10,994 the previous day.

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LNJP Hospital, the Delhi’s biggest COVID-19 treatment facility, did not report any death due to the disease on Monday, for the first time in a couple of months, said the hospital’s medical director. He attributed the feat to “extensive ICU care, plasma bank facility, top healthcare facilities and dedication of doctors and other healthcare workers”.

Uttar Pradesh reported 3,458 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 73,951, while 41 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,497. There are 27,934 active COVID-19 cases in the state and 44,520 patients have been discharged after treatment. The state has, so far, tested more than 20 lakh samples.

Kerala reported its highest single-day spike of 1,167 COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 20,894. The death toll climbed to 67 with four more fatalities. As many as 33 health workers were among the infected and the active cases stood at 10,091, while 679 people were discharged on Tuesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that the lockdown in the containment zones of the state would continue till August 31 as also the biweekly restrictions in place to check the spread of the coronavirus disease. Total lockdown will be imposed on August 2, 5, 8, 9, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31, Banerjee said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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