Recovery rate reaches over 72%
New Delhi, Aug 17: The country’s death toll due to Novel Coronavirus on Monday crossed the 50,000-mark, as 941 more patients succumbed to COVID-19, while the recovery rate reached over 72 per cent, after the registration of the highest single-day recoveries of 57,584.
In terms of deaths, India stood next only to the United States, Brazil and Mexico, though the fatality rate of the country remained low at 1.92 per cent.
Trinamool Congress MLA from Egra in East Midnapore Samaresh Das succumbed to the pandemic in the wee hours of Monday.
Even though there has been a spurt in new cases of Coronavirus infection, India has steadily been marching on the road to enhanced recoveries.
The number of recoveries reached 19,19,842, including 57,584 fresh ones, an official statement said.
Due to this, the difference between the recovered and active cases stands at 12,42,942, as the active cases now stand at 6,76,900.
As the number of recoveries increased, the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 was eased in central Kashmir district of Srinagar. Besides, opening of shops on rational bases, the District Administration also allowed operating of passenger vehicles.
In a major milestone, India has conducted three crore tests, conducting 7,31,697 tests in the past 24 hours. The nation has resolved to increase its testing capacity to 10 lakh tests daily. Tests Per Million (TPM) have seen a sharp increase to 21,769.
Meanwhile, the country recorded as many as 57,981 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 26,47,663.
Tollywood Director Raj Chakraborty, Odisha Minister for Rural Development, Labour and ESI Sushant Singh and Law Secretary of Tripura were among the fresh infections.
The worst-hit state of Maharashtra reported 11,111 new positive cases during the day, which pushed its overall tally to 5,95,865. The number of deaths caused by the infection now stands at 20,037.
Tamil Nadu reported 5,890 new COVID-19 cases and 120 deaths, taking the overall tally to 343,945.
The National Capital currently houses 1,52,580 cases, including 10,823 active ones and 4,196 deaths.
Uttar Pradesh witnessed 4186 fresh cases in a day, while 4376 more patients recovered from the virus. The state also reported record 69 COVID-related deaths, taking the death toll to 2515. The total cases in the state reached 1,58,216.
Four people succumbed to COVID-19 last night in Tripura, taking the death toll in the North-Eastern state to 59, while the tally jumped to 7240.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands were witnessing a steep surge in COVID-19 cases since the past two weeks. According to the last official report, 2399 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Andaman, out of which 1145 were active and 1126 people have recovered. Till now, 28 deaths due to the contagion have been reported in Andaman.
The COVID tally in Odisha surged to 62,294 with the detection of 2244 new cases during the last 24 hours while ten more Covid patients succumbed to the virus taking the total toll figure to 353.
The Sikkim state Secretariat has been closed for the next 72 hours, after a COVID-19 patient was found to have visited offices of certain departments. Currently, 493 active cases are undergoing treatment, while the tally of the state touched 1167.