India’s COVID tally nears 13 lakh; death toll crosses 30,000

States like TN, Karnataka, UP, Gujarat and Kerala witness the highest single-day spike in fresh cases

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There are 6,68,220 active COVID-19 cases in the country currently. Photo: PTI

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India has neared 13 lakh as 44,954 fresh infections were reported across the country on Thursday (July 23). As of 9 pm, India had 12,84,638 cases. The country’s death toll too increased to 30,601 with 711 new fatalities on a single day. India’s recovery rate stood at 63.4 per cent.

Maharashtra registered 9,895 new COVID-19 cases, taking the state’s tally to 3,47,502. With 298 more deaths, the state-wide toll increased to 12,854. As many as 6,484 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 1,94,253, while there are 1,40,395 active cases in the state. So far, 17,37,716 people have been tested.

A staggering 7,998 fresh COVID-19 cases were added in a day in Andhra Pradesh, pushing the state’s overall tally to 72,711. Also, 61 new casualties were reported, taking the death toll to 884. In the last 24 hours, 5,428 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals, increasing the number of recoveries to 37,555.

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Tamil Nadu on Thursday reported 6,472 fresh COVID infections, the highest single-day spike, with the tally inching towards two lakh cases. The death toll touched 3,232 with 88 fatalities. More than three-fourths of the fresh cases were from districts other than Chennai, which continued to clock lower numbers.

Karnataka too recorded a biggest single-day surge of over 5,000 cases and 97 fatalities, taking the total number of people who tested positive for the virus to 80,863. The day also saw as many as 2,071 patients getting discharged from various hospitals. Out of the 5,030 fresh cases, a whopping 2,207 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.

Uttar Pradesh registered yet another largest single-day spike of 2,516 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 58,104, while the death toll climbed to 1,298 with 35 fatalities. The total number of COVID-19 cases stood at 58,104. While there are 21,003 active cases in the state, 35,803 patients have recovered from the viral disease.

With the highest single-day spike of 1,078 cases, the COVID-19 case count in Gujarat crossed 52,000 on Thursday. While the number of cases reached 52,563, the death toll due to the pandemic in the state rose to 2,257 with 28 patients dying since Wednesday evening. The total of recovered coronavirus patients too increased to 37,958.

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Kerala’s daily COVID-19 cases continued to witness a sharp rise with 1,078 people testing positive, a new single-day high, on Thursday as the infection count soared past 16,000 while the toll mounted to 50 with five more deaths. This is the second consecutive day that the fresh positive cases have crossed the 1,000 mark, taking the tally to 16,110.

The COVID-19 tally in Delhi increased to 1,27,364 on Thursday with 1,041 fresh cases, while the death toll mounted to 3,745. As many as 26 coronavirus-related fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours. From July 11 to 19, fresh cases were reported in the range of 1,000-2,000 daily in the national capital.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government was providing plasma for free. “We have more than 500 plasma samples as stock in ILBS Hospital. What is the need of selling and buying plasma if the government is providing plasma for free? People do not need to buy plasma because all plasma blood groups are available there,” he said.

Over 7.88 lakh Indians have returned to India after the Centre launched the “Vande Bharat” evacuation mission on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of External Affairs said. Under the Phase 4 of the Vande Bharat mission, a total of 1,197 flights have been scheduled so far, including 945 international flights and 252 feeder flights.

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