dd COVID-19 tally in India past 52 lakh

COVID-19 tally in India past 52 lakh

Published: 18 Sep 2020 Updated: 21 Sep 2020   

Online Desk

India's COVID-19 count mounted to 52,14,677 with 96,424 people testing positive in a day, while the death toll climbed to 84,372 with the virus claiming 1,174 lives in a span of 24 hours, health ministry data updated at 8 am on Friday showed.

Several states including Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh reported their highest-ever single day cases. Karantaka, one  of the worst-hit states in the country crossed five lakh cases with 8,626 patients testing positive.

In the meanwhile, the Central Government informed the Lower House of the Parliament that the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in India is on multiple trajectories across urban and semi-urban areas with Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi being the most affected.

"Since the country has a huge population, it is expected that there would be a large number of cases every day," Minister of State (MoS) for Health Ashwini Choubey said in a written reply.

He also underlined that COVID-19 cases and deaths per million population in India is among the lowest if one were to compare between similarly affected countries.

Meanwhile, the health ministry Friday said that among the worst-hit states, five states -- Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh -- are also the ones that are reporting a high level of recoveries.

With a record 87,472 patients having recuperated or having been discharged from home or facility-supervised care and hospitals in a span of 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 recoveries has surged to 41,12,551 in the country, taking the recovery rate to 78.86 percent, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.63 percent, it added.

The country has been consistently reporting a very high level of daily recoveries of more than 70,000 for the past 11 days, the ministry said.

"Recovered cases of coronavirus infection are 4.04 times the number of active cases as recoveries outnumber the latter by 30,94,797," it highlighted.

"The top five states with high active caseload of COVID-19 are also the ones which are presently reporting a high level of recoveries," the ministry said.

It said 59.8 percent of the active cases are being reported from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. These states have also accounted for 59.3 percent of the total recoveries and 90 per cent of the new recoveries are reported from 16 states and Union territories, the ministry said.

Maharashtra (19,522) has accounted for 22.31 percent of the new recoveries, Andhra Pradesh 12.24 percent, Karnataka 8.3 percent, Tamil Nadu 6.31 percent and Chhattisgarh 6 percent.

Together, these states account for 55.1 percent of the new recoveries, the ministry said.

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