India sees 12 lakh COVID cases in 24 days, recovery rate nears 70%

Recoveries surge rapidly to over 15 lakh with a record 54,859 people recuperating in the past 24 hours

India has been conducting an average of 10 lakh tests every day for the last two weeks. File photo: PTI

Indias COVID-19 cases have jumped from 10 lakh to 22 lakh in 24 days, with over 60,000 infections reported daily in the last four days, an analysis of the Health Ministry data showed on Monday (August 10). However, the recoveries have also surged rapidly to over 15 lakh with a record 54,859 people recuperating in the past 24 hours.

The country’s COVID-19 tally reached 22,57,572 at 9.30 pm on Monday with 43,435 fresh cases. The death toll rose to 45,198 as 732 new fatalities were reported across the country. However, the recovery rate too increased to 69.6 per cent with 37,437 people getting cured of COVID on Monday, raising the tally to 15,71,712.

Maharashtra reported 9,181 fresh cases of COVID-19, taking its tally to 5,24,513, while the death toll crossed the 18,000-mark with 293 new fatalities, 46 of them in Mumbai. The statewide tally stood at 5,24,513 with the addition of 9,181 new cases, while the fatality figure rose to 18,050 after 293 more patients succumbed to the infection.

Tamil Nadu crossed three lakh COVID-19 cases while the death toll crossed the 5,000 mark with the addition of 114 fatalities. With 5,914 new cases, the infection tally touched 3,02,815 and the 100 plus deaths for the eighth consecutive day took the toll to 5,041. The capital Chennai alone accounts for 1,10,121 cases.

A reduction in sample testing by about 15,000 bore a reflection on Andhra Pradesh’s COVID-19 daily tally as it reported only 7,665 fresh cases on Monday after reporting over 10,000 each for five consecutive days. The latest bulletin said 46,999 tests were conducted in 24 hours, as against 62,000-plus tests per day over the past few days.

The state’s gross testing increased to 25,34,304, leading to a cumulative positivity rate of 9.29 per cent as against the national average of 9.01 per cent. The fresh cases took the states tally of positive cases to 2,35,525 while 80 fresh deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 2,116.

Delhi recorded 707 fresh coronavirus cases on Monday taking the citys tally to over 1.46 lakh, even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserted that with a current recovery rate of over 90 per cent, people of the city are slowly and steadily defeating COVID-19. The number of tests conducted on Monday stood at 12,323.

West Bengal on Monday witnessed the highest single-day discharge of 3,208 COVID-19 patients taking the number of recovered people to 70,328, while 2,905 new coronavirus infections were registered, the state health department said. The department in a bulletin also said that 41 patients succumbed to the disease raising the death toll to 2,100.

Uttar Pradesh on Monday reported 51 more deaths due to COVID-19, pushing the fatalities due to the disease to 2,120 across the state. The total number of infected persons has now gone up to 1,26,722 with 4,113 fresh cases. The number of those cured and discharged from hospitals after treatment was 76,724.

Madhya Pradesh on Monday reported 866 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 39,891. With 19 more patients succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours, the toll reached 1,015. With 654 patients being discharged in the day, the number of recoveries in the state mounted to 29,674 while the tally of active cases reached 9,202.

As many as 20 more people have died due to COVID-19 in Punjab and 988 fresh cases pushed the states infection tally to 24,889 on Monday, as per a medical bulletin. Seven fatalities were reported in Patiala, six in Ludhiana, three in Jalandhar, two in Ferozepur and one each in Moga and Mohali, it said.

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