India reports 52,756 new COVID-19 cases; 907 succumb to disease

Meanwhile, 42,859 people recuperated from the disease and were discharged from hospitals, taking the total number of recovered people to 13,24,519

According to ICMR, a cumulative total of 2,14,84,402 samples have been tested up to August 4. Photo: PTI

India’s COVID-19 infection tally rose to 19,59,369 on Wednesday (August 5), with 52,756 people testing positive for the virus infection in the last 24 hours, according to covid19india.org.

The death toll climbed to 40,727 with 907 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 9.13 pm showed.

Meanwhile, 42,859 people recuperated from the disease and were discharged from hospitals, taking the total number of recovered people to 13,24,519.

There are 5,93,673 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently.

The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 2,14,84,402 samples have been tested up to August 4 with 6,19,652 samples being tested on Tuesday (August 4).

From the states

Maharashtra adds 10,309 cases; recoveries cross 3-lakh mark

Maharashtra reported 10,309 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 4,68,265 on Wednesday, while 334 patients succumbed to the infection.

The state also reported the death of 334 more patients, taking the toll to 16,476, said a health official.

The tally of 10,309 infected cases was one of the highest single-day detections so far, he said.

Furthermore, 6,165 patients were discharged from hospitals in the state, taking the number of recovered cases to 3,05,521, he said.

With this, there are now 1,45,961 active cases in the state, the official said.

Tamil Nadu reports highest single-day death toll of 112 patients due to COVID

As many as 112 patients died of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu, the highest reported in a single day so far, taking the toll to 4,461 on Wednesday, while 5,175 more people tested positive propelling the case count to 2.73 lakh.

Recoveries outnumbered fresh cases with 6,031 people getting discharged from various hospitals, taking the cumulative recoveries to 2,14,815 as the active cases dropped to 54,184.

Those who succumbed to the deadly virus included a man and a woman aged 28 and 90 respectively and in total 104 had co-morbidities and eight without other chronic conditions like hypertension or diabetes.

Of the fresh cases, Chennai’s share was 1,044 and three nearby districts of Chengelpet, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram together logged in 1,301 cases going well beyond the state capital’s count.

Tamil Nadu’s case tally touched 2,73,460 and Chennai accounted for 1,05,004.

As many as 61,166 samples were tested on Wednesday and so far 29,53,561 specimens have been examined, the bulletin said.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, in home quarantine after testing positive for COVID- 19, continues to be asymptomatic, active and doing well, according to a hospital bulletin here on Wednesday. Eighty-year old Purohit was on self isolation since July 29 after three Raj Bhavan staff tested positive for the virus earlier. Later, he too tested positive on Sunday and was advised home quarantine.

Andhra’s daily COVID-19 cases cross 10,000 mark after brief gap

The COVID-19 surge continued as Andhra Pradesh registered 10,128 fresh cases after easing a little in the last few days as the overall tally rose to 1,86,461 on Wednesday.

After registering 10,000 plus cases for the third straight day on July 31, the state’s daily count dipped till Tuesday with the fresh infections going below 9,000 mark on two days.

The fresh cases on Wednesday are just behind Maharashtra (10,309) even as Andhra remained in the top three states in the country behind Tamil Nadu in overall tally.

The state also saw a record number of 77 coronavirus deaths in a day, pushing the toll to 1,681, the latest bulletin said.

A total of 8,729 patients recovered from the infection, it said. The state now has 80,426 active cases after a total of 1,04,354 patients got cured and discharged so far.

COVID-19 cases cross 1.5 lakh mark in Karnataka

Karnataka on Wednesday crossed the grim milestone of 1.5 lakh COVID-19 cases, reporting 5,619 infections, while 100 deaths took the toll to 2,804.

The day also saw 5,407 patients getting discharged after recovery, a health department bulletin said.

Of the 5,619 fresh cases, 1,848 were from Bengaluru Urban district.

A bulletin from the department said cumulatively 1,51,449 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which include 2,804 deaths and 74,679 discharges. Recoveries at 74,679 surpassed active cases, which stood at 73,958, it said.

Delhi reports lowest death count in over a month, active cases up again

Delhi reported 1,076 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths on Wednesday, the lowest daily fatality count in more than a month, authorities said, adding that the city’s caseload has surpassed 1.4 lakh and death toll has risen to 4,044.

The active cases tally on Wednesday rose to 10,072, from 9,897 on Tuesday. The daily cases count had dipped to 674 and 12 deaths were recorded on Tuesday.

On June 27, the active cases tally stood at 28,329. Since then, the count had been gradually falling until August 4, when it had slipped below the 10,000-mark.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a meeting to review the data on COVID-19 mortality rate at government and private hospitals. Chief Secretary Vijay Dev chaired another meeting on formulation of augmented surveillance strategy, the bulletin said.

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