India racing to replace Brazil for 2nd Covid spot
10 lakh corona cases in 15 days
India on Saturday crossed over 3.53 million coronavirus cases, with average 72,000-76,000 cases per day during the last four weeks. It took 15 days from 2.5 million cases on August 14 to cross 3.5 million marks.
Now the third-most-affected country by total cases, second by active cases, and fourth by death toll, the latest coronavirus trends over the last four weeks are extremely worrying. With this rate of the spike, India is expected to pip Brazil to the second spot by September 10.
The States that have been worst affected by a total tally of cases are Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. The States that have reported the biggest 24-hour jump in active cases are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha and Telangana.
Maharashtra on Saturday reported a single-day highest spike of 16,867 coronavirus cases which pushed its case tally to 7,64,281. With 328 new fatalities, the death toll due to the pandemic reached 24,103. The earlier highest one-day increase in the number of patients was 14,888 on August 26. There are 1,85,131 active cases. 11,541 patients were discharged during the day, taking total recoveries to 5,54,711. In State capital Mumbai, 1,432 new cases and 31 deaths were reported. The total number of Covid-19 cases in the city rose to 1,43,389 and death toll to 7,596.
An IPS officer who was part of the Mumbai Police’s team which was probing actor Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case has tested positive for coronavirus infection. With most of the medical equipment such as coronavirus testing kits and masks available at cheaper rates in the market, the Centre has informed the Maharashtra Government that it would discontinue their supply from October. Pune city reported 1,972 new cases and 32 deaths.
Andhra Pradesh has retained the second spot in most coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours. The rapid surge of coronavirus cases continued in Andhra Pradesh as more than 10,000 were added afresh for the fourth day in a row. The overall toll rose to 3,796, while the total recoveries increased to 3,12,687.
Karnataka is on the third spot which added 8,324 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday taking the tally to 3,27,076 whereas fatalities touched 5,483 with 115 fresh deaths. The spike in cases was led by Bengaluru urban district, which recorded 2,993 fresh cases and 25 deaths.
Tamil Nadu recorded 6,352 new cases and 87 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total number of cases to 4,15,590 including 52,726 active, 7,137 deaths & 3,55,727 discharges. Chennai recorded 1,285 new cases, taking total cases to 1,33,173 including 13,653 active.
In Uttar Pradesh, 62 more people died of coronavirus disease pushing the death count to 3,356, while 5,684 new cases took the state’s infection tally to 2,19,457. The latest deaths reported include seven each in Kanpur and Prayagraj and four in Bareilly. Of the fresh Covid-19 cases, 664 were in Lucknow, followed by 367 in Gorakhpur, 306 in Prayagraj, 300 in Kanpur, 190 in Shahjahanpur, 188 in Moradabad, 182 in Varanasi, 150 in Ghaziabad, 141 in Saharanpur, 123 each in Bareilly and Rampur, 121 in Gautam Buddh Nagar, 119 in Jhansi, 113 in Meerut and 107 in Aligarh.
Delhi has been witnessing a slight increase in the number of new cases because of various factors. The national capital has reported 1945 new cases and 15 deaths in the past 24 hours taking the total number of positive cases to 1,71,366 including 1,52,922 recoveries, 14,040 active cases and 4,404 deaths. This is the capital’s highest single-day spike in August till date.
As per the data of the Union Health Ministry, the total tally of coronavirus cases crossed 2.5 million on August 14. For every million population, India’s coronavirus cases and fatalities are one of the lowest compared to the global averages. The country now accounts for 11.11 per cent of all active cases globally (one in every 9 active cases), and 7.43 per cent of all deaths (one in every 13). Among states with more than 25,000 cases, the five with worst recovery rates at present are Chhattisgarh (55.48%), Kerala (66.16%), Punjab (66.85%), Jharkhand (67.52%), and Karnataka (71.22%). Five states with the highest test positivity rate (TPR) – the percentage of tested people turning out to be positive for Covid-19 infection (by cumulative data for tests and cases) – are Maharashtra (18.99%), Puducherry (18.16%), Chandigarh (13.14%), Karnataka (11.75%), and Andhra Pradesh (11.4%).
Kerala has reported 2,397 COVID-19 cases, taking the infection count to 71,700. The death toll rose to 280 with six more fatalities. The state reported the highest number of recoveries in a day with 2,225 people being discharged from various hospitals and the cumulative of those cured rose to 48,083. The active cases stood at 23,277. Of the fresh cases, 68 had returned from abroad and 126 from other states.
Gujarat recorded its highest single-day spike of 1,282 new COVID-19 cases, taking its total count to 93,883.
Sunday, 30 August 2020 | PNS | New Delhi
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