Over 15 lakh cured of COVID in India; recovery rate nears 69%

The country also crosses 2.4-crore mark in the number of samples tested for COVID-19

A total of 31,07,223 patients have recuperated from the disease and were discharged over the past 24 hours. Photo: PTI

India crossed the 15-lakh mark in the number of recoveries on Sunday (August 09), increasing the recovery rate to 68.89 per cent. As of 8.30 pm, the country had 21,88,790 confirmed cases, while the death toll increased to 43,877, with as many as 36,770 fresh cases and 424 new deaths.

A total of 15,07,895 people have been cured of the coronavirus infection and 6,36,554 cases are active in the country. On Monday alone, 28,091 people recovered from COVID-19. India also crossed the 2.4-crore mark in the number of samples tested for COVID-19. As many as 2,41,06,535 samples have been tested so far.

Tamil Nadu on Sunday reported 5,994 fresh cases, taking the tally to 2,96,901 while 119 fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,927. An 11-year old boy, two 90-year-old men, a 23-year-old man and two 40-year old women were among those who succumbed to the virus. Chennai’s share in the states death toll was 2,302.

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Telangana reported 1,982 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall infection tally to 79,495, while the death toll mounted to 627 with 12 more fatalities. The declining trend in new positive cases (observed during the last several days) continued in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) with 463 fresh cases being reported.

With 1,300 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, Delhi’s COVID-19 tally rose to over 1.45 lakh while the death toll due to the disease mounted to 4,111, authorities said. The number of daily cases after dipping to three-figure count last weekend has again shown a rise in the last few days, recording in excess of 1,000.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the COVID-19 situation was under control and asserted that in case it took a turn for the worse, the AAP government was prepared to deal with any crisis. The positivity rate in the city stands at 5.46 per cent and Health Minister Satyendar Jain attributed the rise in cases to “patients from outside getting tested here”.

Uttar Pradesh reported 4,571 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total in the state to 1,22,609 as 41 more fatalities pushed the death toll due to the disease to 2,069. The count of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 47,890, and 72,650 patients have been discharged after recovering from the disease.

Gujarat reported 1,078 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, taking the total in the state to 71,064, the health department said. The number of patients, who succumbed to COVID-19, rose to 2,654 with 25 new fatalities on Sunday, it said. The number of recovered patients grew to 54,138 as 1,311 of them were discharged.

The coronavirus tally in Madhya Pradesh crossed the 39,000-mark on Sunday with the addition of 868 cases, health officials said. The case count now stands at 39,025, they said. According to them, the death toll went up to 996 after 19 people succumbed to the infection in the last 24-hours.

Punjab reported 24 more COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday, pushing the toll to 586 as 987 fresh cases took the states infection tally to 23,903. Nine deaths were reported in Ludhiana, four in Amritsar, three in Bathinda, two each in Kapurthala and Jalandhar and one each in Barnala, Sangrur, Mohali and Gurdaspur.

An increase of 507 coronavirus cases took the COVID-19 tally in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday to 24,897, while 13 deaths due to the viral disease were recorded in the last 24 hours, officials said. Of the new deaths, 12 occurred in the Kashmir Valley and one in the Jammu region, they said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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