Over 48,000 Coronavirus Cases In Last 24 Hours Take India’s Tally To Over 13.85 Lakh

India, the third worst-hit country in the global coronavirus tally after US and Brazil, has gradually ramped-up its COVID-19 testing capacity



NEW DELHI| In last 24 hours, India reported 48,661 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total so far to 13,85,522, government data shows. The number of deaths has risen to 32,063, with 705 deaths in the last 24 hours. A total of 8,85,577 have recovered and the recovery rate is 63.91%. The number of coronavirus cases has doubled in nearly three weeks since July 2, when the country crossed the six lakh mark. The country’s COVID tally touched the 10 lakh mark last Friday. Since then, around three lakh new infections have been reported. This is the fourth consecutive day when COVID-19 cases increased by more than 45,000.

On Saturday, Maharashtra reported 9,251 new COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative count in the state to 3,66,368 while fatalities mounted by 257, including 116 in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), to 13,389, the state Health Department said. A record number of 7,227 patients were discharged in the day, taking the count of recovered cases to 2,07,194.

Karnataka on Saturday registered over 5,000 new coronavirus cases for the third day in a row, taking its total past 90,000. Bengaluru alone reported 2,036 new cases taking its overall tally to 43,503.

Around 8.85 lakh patients have recovered so far, the recovery rate stood at 63.91% this morning. The positivity rate of patients who have tested positive for coronavirus is 11. Earlier this week, the government had said that it aims to bring down the positivity rate to 5 per cent.

Delhi has improved its position in the number of the active COVID-19 cases and is currently at the eighth spot among states and union territories in the country, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

Tamil Nadu has crossed the two lakh mark with 6,989 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, which is also the biggest single-day spike, government data shows. Eight nine have died and 7,758 have recovered in the last 24 hours. The total cases in the state are now 2,06,737.

Kerala on Saturday reported 1,103 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the infection count to 18,098, while over 1.5 lakh persons are under observation. As many as 9,420 persons are under treatment for coronavirus.

Gujarat logged the highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases with 1,081 new infections, taking the total count to 54,712 while 22 patients died, including 11 in Surat, the state health department said.

India, the third worst-hit country in the global coronavirus tally after US and Brazil, has gradually ramped-up its COVID-19 testing capacity and has conducted over 4.2 lakh tests in a day, the Union Health Ministry said Saturday, crediting the increase to the number of labs for the achievement.

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