A record 29,429 new coronavirus infections were reported in the last 24 hours, taking India’s total to 9.36 lakh cases, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. This is the first time that India has reported more than 29,000 new patients in a single day. A total of 24,309 patients have died so far; 582 deaths linked to the highly contagious illness were reported in the last 24 hours. Nearly 6 lakh patients have recovered; the recovery rate stood at 62.23 per cent this morning.
Here are 10 developments in this big story:
- The top five states that reported the highest number of fresh infections in the last 24 hours are – Maharashtra (6,741), Tamil Nadu (4,526), Karnataka (2,496), Andhra Pradesh (1,916) and Delhi (1,606).
- These five states also recorded the highest number of COVID-19 linked deaths in the country since yesterday: Maharashtra (213), Karnataka (85), Tamil Nadu (67), Andhra Pradesh (43) and (35).
- India has recorded over 2 lakh cases since July 6 when it crossed the 7 lakh-mark. The country – third worst-hit by the pandemic – crossed the 9-lakh mark after a single-day surge of over 28,000 fresh infections, the government said yesterday.
- Despite being the second-most populous country in the world, the daily growth rate of novel coronavirus cases in India has been coming down continuously from around 31 per cent in March to 3.24 per cent on July 12, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, news agency PTI reported.
- The positivity rate – percentage of patients who have tested positive for coronavirus – stood at 9.19 per cent this morning.
- India has tested over 1.24 crore samples so far. The highest number of samples- 3,20,161- were tested yesterday, the government said.
- Data from the home ministry shows 31.58 lakh people are in quarantine in different states and Union Territories. States that are showing positive trends in terms of controlling virus are Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Concern though, lies thick over the situation in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka.
- Several states including Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Bihar have announced fresh lockdown rules to break the chain of transmission.
- Earlier this week, the World Health Organization warned the health crisis “will get worse and worse” if basics are not followed. “Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from the U.N. agency’s headquarters in Geneva. “If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go – it is going to get worse and worse and worse,” he said.
- Global infections stand at 1.33 crore; over 73 lakh have recovered and 5.78 lakh deaths have been registered. The United States – epicentre of the pandemic – has logged 34 lakh cases.