Though the daily surge has come down from 90,000-1 lakh fresh cases in mid-September to about 70,000 in the past week, India is inching closer to overtake the US as the worst affected country by the pandemic.
The Health Ministry said this morning that India scaled an “unprecedented” peak as active coronavirus cases dropped below the 8-lakh mark for the first time in 1.5 months. The country’s Covid tally surged to 74.3 lakh after 62,212 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours. The total number of active cases dropped to 7.95 lakh today as 70,816 patients recovered from the Covid-19 disease since yesterday. The active caseload is now only 10.70 per cent of the tally, according to the ministry’s data.
“This significant achievement is the outcome of central government-led targetted strategies leading to high number of recoveries and steadily falling number of fatalities,” the health ministry mentioned.
However, India continues to report the highest number of new COVID-19 daily infections in the world. Though the daily surge has come down from 90,000-1 lakh fresh cases in mid-September to about 70,000 in the past week, India is inching closer to overtake the US as the worst affected country by the pandemic.
Around 65.2 lakh patients have so far recovered from the coronavirus, however, 1,12,998 have died of it. 837 deaths were registered in the last 24 hours.
79 per cent new cases, 78 per cent recoveries and 82 per cent deaths were concentrated in some states and union territories, as per the government data.
Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal have been reporting a steady rise in the cases of the contagion. The centre has sent high-level teams to control the spread in these states.
Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh remain the worst affected states by the pandemic in terms of numbers. Barring UP, all these states recorded the highest number of new cases in the last 24 hours.