India’s COVI-19 tally stood at 33,77,404, with 69,655 cases being recorded on Thursday (August 27), while the number of recoveries crossed the 25-lakh mark, as per data put out by covid19india.org.
The death toll climbed to 61,636 with 1,007 fatalities being reported in 24 hours, the data updated at 8.39 pm showed.
With a total of 25,77,715 patients having recuperated so far, the number of active cases of coronavirus infection in the country stood at 7,37,476.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 and went past 30 lakh on August 23.
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 3,85,76,510 samples have been tested up to August 26 with 9,24,998 samples being tested on Wednesday (August 26).
Maharashtra reports 14,718 new cases
Maharashtra on Thursday reported 14,718 fresh cases of the virus infection, taking the case tally in the state to 7,33,568. With 355 fatalities being recorded, the death toll reached 23,444. The number of active cases in the state stood at 1,78,234.
On Thursday, 9,136 people were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered coronavirus patients in the state to 5,31,563.
Delhi: August’s highest single-day spike
Delhi recorded 1,840 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest single-day spike in August in the city, taking the tally to over 1.67 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 4,369.
Twenty-two fatalities have been recorded in the last 24 hours. This is the third successive single-day spike this month.
On Wednesday, 17 deaths were reported and the daily count of cases was 1,693, the previous highest single-day spike in August.
On June 23, the national capital had reported the highest single-day spike of 3,947, till date. The tally of active cases on Thursday rose to 13,208 from 12,520 the previous day.
The death toll from COVID-19 in Delhi stood at 4,347 on Wednesday. The bulletin on Thursday said the death toll from coronavirus infection has risen to 4,369 and the total number of cases has climbed to 1,67,604.
Recoveries cross 25 lakh
The Union Health Ministry said earlier in the day that the number of recoveries crossed the 25-lakh mark. The case fatality rate but declined to 1.83 per cent, the ministry said on Thursday (August 27).
The cumulative number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the country has reached nearly 3.9 crore, it added. The strategic approach of the country as regards COVID-19 response and management — ‘test, track, treat’ — emphasises the key principle of high level of testing on a sustained basis, leading to an early diagnosis, the ministry said.
The country registered 18 lakh (18,09,905) more recoveries than the number of active cases (7,31,127, which are under active medical care). The sustained high recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country — the active cases — accounts for 21.93 per cent of the total cases, the ministry said.
The fatality rate slumped to 1.83 per cent as on date and the ministry attributed this to a focus on the standard of care protocol as described in the Clinical Management Protocol of the Ministry of Health, better-skilled doctors in the ICUs and hospitals, improved ambulance services, use of non-invasive oxygen and investigational therapies.
Ten states and UTs are faring better in terms of the recovery rate than the national average. Delhi has the highest recovery rate at 90 per cent, Tamil Nadu at 85 per cent, Bihar at 83.80 per cent, Gujarat at 80.20 per cent, Rajasthan at 79.30 per cent and both Assam and West Bengal at 79.10 per cent. In terms of the case fatality rate, Assam has recorded 0.27 per cent, Bihar 0.42 per cent, Telangana 0.70 per cent, Andhra Pradesh 0.93 per cent, Chhattisgarh 0.95 per cent and Jharkhand 1.09 per cent, according to the ministry’s data.