61,537 new COVID cases in India takes tally to 20,88,611

This is the 10th day in a row that the COVID-19 tally increased by more than 50,000

There are 9,75,861 active cases of the coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 17.54 per cent of the total caseload. Photo: PTI

There were 61,537 more novel coronavirus cases in India, taking the tally to 20,88,611 on Saturday (Aug 8), while the death toll rose to 42,518 with 933 more fatalities, the Health Ministry said. An extra 10,000 cases were recorded today when compared to yesterday’s figures of 51,144 coronavirus cases.

The number of recoveries surged to 14,27,005 and the recovery rate rose to 68.32 per cent, according to ministry data.

There are 6,19,088 active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), comprising 29.64 per cent of the caseload. A total of 61,537 cases were added in a day, taking the tally to 20,88,611, it said.

This was the 10th day in a row that the COVID-19 tally increased by more than 50,000.


As many as 5,98,778 samples were tested on Friday, taking the total to 2,33,87,171 so far, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.

The country’s tally raced past 20 lakh on Friday after crossing 19 lakh cases only on Wednesday. It can be noted that it took merely nine days for India to go from 15 lakh case milestone to 20 lakh cases. Since July 28 when it crossed the 15 lakh mark, 4.95 lakh cases were added in the next nine days, Indian Express reported.