India has reported 60,963 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of cases in the country to 23,29,638, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. With 834 new deaths, the death count in country due to the pandemic rose to 46,091. 16,39,599 people in the country have recovered from the highly contagious disease, taking the recovery rate to 70.37 per cent. India is the third worst-hit country by the pandemic after the United States and Brazil. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Here are the top 10 updates on coronavirus:
1. Maharashtra has recorded 5,35,601 cases, including 18,306 deaths so far. Chief During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chief Ministers on Tuesday, Uddhav Thackeray said the is state government striving to see there is no second wave of COVID-19 in the state.
2. Tamil Nadu, which has the second highest numer of coronavirus cases after Maharashtra, has reported 3,08,649 cases so far. 5,834 people tested positive in the last 24 hours.
3. Karnataka has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent days and weeks. The state has reported over 1.88 lakh cases, of which 3,398 were deaths linked to the virus and nearly 80,000 were active cases. Karnataka has changed its rules for home isolation, with the revised guidelines saying that coronavirus patients isolating at home in in the state will be considered discharged 10 days after their last positive test (and three without a fever).
4. Goa has topped in the country with the highest number of COVID-19 tests conducted per million people, the state’s health minister, r Vishwajit Rane, said on Tuesday. Till Tuesday evening, 1,53,792 tests were conducted in Goa. So far, 9,444 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the coastal state.
5. According to an analysis of WHO data, for the past seven days, India’s single-day count of COVID-19 cases has been more than that of the US and Brazil. India has also accounted for over 23 per cent of the cases and more than 15 per cent of the deaths reported worldwide between August 4-10, the data shows.
6. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 2,60,15,297 samples have been tested up to August 11 with 7,33,449 samples being tested on Tuesday.
7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a virtual meet with the Chief Ministers of 10 states to review the coronavirus situation. “A view has emerged that if we defeat coronavirus in 10 states, the nation will also win,” the Prime Minister said. “It has emerged from the discussion that there is an urgent need to ramp up testing in Bihar, Gujarat, UP, West Bengal, and Telangana.”
8. Russia on Tuesday declared itself the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine with President Vladimir Putin saying one of his daughters had been inoculated.
9. In the United States, the world’s worst hit nation, the death count had risen to 1,64,480 as of Tuesday evening, with 1,110 more fatalities in the past 24 hours, according to the tracker at Johns Hopkins University. It said the total caseload of infections now stands at 5.14 million.
10. The coronavirus pandemic has killed over 7.41 lakh people globally since it emerged in China late last year. Over 2.02 crore people have been infected with the highly contagious virus.