With a surge of 51,030 infections, India’s COVID-19 tally raced past 16 lakh on Friday, just two days after it reached the 15-lakh mark, while the number of recoveries rose to 10,91,089, according to data by covid19india.org.
The country has so far registered 16,90,598 cases of the virus infection. The death toll increased to 36,497 with 710 fatalities being reported in 24 hours, the data updated at 9.43 pm showed.
The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners.
There are 5,62,586 active COVID-19 cases in the country.
According to the ICMR, a total of 1,88,32,970 samples have been tested up to July 30 with 6,42,588 being tested on Thursday.
From the states
Maharashtra reported 10,320 new cases on Friday, taking the COVID-19 tally to 4,22,118, while 265 fresh deaths raised the toll to 14,994.
A statement from the Health department said 7,543 patients were also discharged from hospitals after they recovered from the viral infection. As many as 2,56,158 COVID-19 patients have been discharged so far in the state, it said.
The recovery rate in the state is now 60.68 per cent, while the case fatality rate is 3.55 per cent, the statement said.
There are 1,50,662 active cases in the state, where the number of people tested so far stood at 21,30,098, it added.
Andhra sees record 10,376 COVID-19 cases; worst single-day spike in Telangana
Adding a whopping 30,000 plus coronavirus cases in three days, Andhra Pradesh on Friday witnessed a record 10,376 infections, crossing the five-digit mark for the third straight day, while neighbouring Telangana too witnessed its worst single-day increase.
Andhra Pradesh’s 10,376 fresh cases pushed the states overall tally to 1,40,933, while 68 deaths were recorded, resulting in a total of 1,349 fatalities so far.
The infection positivity rate shot up to 7.22 per cent due to the abnormal spurt in the number of cases in the last three days when it added 30,636 cases. As many as 3,840 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours.
Overall, the state now has 75,720 active cases after 63,864 were cured.
As per government data, the state completed 19,51,776 tests so far at the rate of 36,550 per million population.
Meanwhile, in Telangana, 1,986 new cases emerged, the highest single day spike so far, taking the tally of positive cases in the state to 62,703. With 14 more deaths, the coronavirus toll in the state rose to 519.
Having the second highest number of COVID-19 patients after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu saw 5,881 infections and 94 fatalities on Friday. However, Friday’s confirmed cases were marginally lesser than those on Thursday, at 5,864.
With the new additions of confirmed cases, the total number of infected went up to 2,45,859.
The cumulative discharges stood at 1,83,956 with 5,778 patients cured on Friday, with the active cases being 57,968.
State capital Chennai was on the verge of recording one lakh cases, as the cumulative tally in the metropolis stood at 99,794 with 2,113 deaths.
The toll from the virus in the state stood at 3,935.
Karnataka recorded over 5,000 COVID-19 cases for the eighth consecutive day on Friday, with 5,483 infections and also witnessed 84 fatalities, taking the death toll to 2,314.
The total number of infected persons was 1,24,115.
The day also saw 3,094 patients getting discharged after recovery. As of July 31 evening, cumulatively 1,24,115 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, which includes 2,314 deaths and 49,788 discharges.
Out of 72,004 active cases, 71,396 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 609 are in Intensive Care Units.
Kerala reported 1,310 virus cases on Friday, including 20 health workers, taking the infection tally to 23,614, while three deaths took the toll to 74.
A total of 864 people have recovered. Presently, 10,495 people are under treatment, while 13,023 have recovered, including 864 discharged today.
(With inputs from agencies)