The novel coronavirus death toll rose to 5,598 in India on Tuesday (June 2) with 204 more fatalities, while 8,171 new cases reported in the last 24 hours took the number of infections to over 1.98 lakh till Tuesday 8 AM, according to the Health Ministry.
The recovery rate has improved from 11.42 per cent on April 15 to 26.59 per cent on May 3 and to 38.29 per cent on May 18, the ministry said.
ICMR is conducting a sero-survey to assess the extent of spread of COVID-19 and almost 34,000 people are being tested as a part of it, she said, adding that its results will be out in the public domain by the end of this week or early next week.
About 14 most affected countries with a cumulative population almost equal to that of India have reported 55.2 times more COVID-19 deaths and 22.5 times more cases, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, “Our COVID-19 fatality rate is 2.82 per cent as against 6.13 per cent globally. Our COVID-19 fatality rate is amongst the lowest in the world. We have been able to achieve this due to timely identification of cases and proper clinical management.”
From the states
Maharashtra reported 2,287 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 72,300 on Tuesday, while fatalities rose to 2,465 after 103 more patients died due to the infection, 49 of them in worst-hit Mumbai, the state health department said.
A total of 1,225 patients were discharged from hospitals in the day, taking the tally of the recovered cases in the state to 31,333, a department statement said here.
The number of active cases in the state now stands at 38,493, it said, adding a total of 4,83,875 samples have been tested so far.
Another major hotspot, Pune city, reported 10 more deaths. Mumbai now accounts for 42,216 COVID-19 cases of the total 72,300 infections in the state with 1,368 deaths.
Thirteen more people succumbed to COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu which reported 1,091 fresh cases on Tuesday pushing the infection count past the 24,000 mark, the health department said.
The toll in the state has now risen to 197 while the infection tally is 24,586. This is the third straight day the state is witnessing more than 1,000 cases. Tamil Nadu reported 1,162 cases yesterday and on Sunday the number was 1,149, according to a bulletin issued by the health department.
Chennai with 809 COVID-19 cases today continued to witness the maximum number of cases among districts totalling 16,585 cases till date.
The city was also leading in number of those who succumbed to the coronavirus at 150 (of the total death toll 197).
According to the bulletin, 536 people got cured today, totalling 13,706 in the state while the number of active cases, including those in isolation wards, stood at 10,680.
West Bengal on Tuesday registered the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases, with 396 people testing positive for the disease in the last 24 hours, the state health department said.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to 5,772, while the active cases stood at 3,423, it said.
Ten people have died due to the disease since Monday evening, raising the death toll in the state to 263. A total of 72 patients have died due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was “incidental”, the department said in its bulletin.
As many as 9,495 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The total number of samples examined so far stands at 2,22,726, the bulletin said.
Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday reported 137 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths, taking the total count of the infected people to 8,420 and the number of fatalities to 364, Health officials said.
In some good news, no new coronavirus case was reported from 28 districts since Monday evening.
A total of 5,221 persons have so far recovered from the infection in the state, which now has 2,835 active cases. At 3,570, Indore district continues to be on top of the chart of the cases.
While three persons succumbed to the viral infection in Indore, one death each was reported from Bhopal, Burhanpur and Ratlam. The death toll stood at 138, the state health bulletin said.
The count of coronavirus cases in Gujarat rose to 17,632 on Tuesday with the addition of 415 new infections, while the toll increased to 1,092 after 29 more patients died due to the infection, 24 of them in Ahmedabad alone, said the state health department.
As many as 1,114 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals on Tuesday, raising the number of recovered cases in the state to 11,894, it said. With this, the state has 4,646 active cases, of which 62 are on ventilator.
The government said there has been a significant drop in the number of active cases in the state, accounting for only 26.35 per cent of the total infections compared to 53.19 per cent two weeks ago.
Ahmedabad accounted for 279 of the 415 new COVID-19 cases reported from across the state in the last 24 hours, raising the tally in the worst-hit district to 12,773, the department said.
In the highest single day spike so far, 86 positive cases were reported in Kerala on Tuesday, taking the tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,412 as one more person succumbed to the virus.
The 77-year-old deceased, a Christian priest, died at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital on Tuesday, a release said, quoting Health Minister K K Shailaja. With this death, the total fatalities in the state has climbed to 11.
Presently, 774 people are undergoing treatment for COVID-19 and 627 have recovered so far, including 19 who were discharged today, the release said.
Karnataka recorded a biggest single day spike of 388 COVID-19 cases, with returnees from neighboring Maharashtra continuing to add to the states tally, taking the total number of infections in the state to 3,796, the health department said on Tuesday.
With 367 out of 388 new cases being returnees from other states, mostly from neighboring Maharashtra (357), the Karnataka government said it was mulling over increasing institutional quarantine for those returning from the western state.
As of June 2 evening, cumulatively 3,796 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 52 deaths and 1,403 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.
It said out of 2,339 active cases, 2,325 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 14 are in ICU while 75 patients have been discharged today.
Four people died of coronavirus in Rajasthan on Tuesday as 273 more cases surfaced, pushing the states infection count to 9,373. So far, the infection has claimed 203 lives in the state, officials said.
According to them, two people died in Jaipur and one each in Bharatpur and Kota on Tuesday.
Seventy out of the fresh cases were reported from Bharatpur, followed by 44 in Jodhpur; 42 in Jaipur; 23 in Jhalawar; 13 each in Kota and Pali; 12 in Sirohi; 10 in Dausa; seven in Dausa; and six in Jhunjhunu besides cases in other districts, the officials said.
There are 2,735 active cases in the state and 5,895 patients have been discharged from hospitals so far, according to the officials.
(With inputs from agencies)