COVID-19: India records 61,408 new cases, 836 deaths


Recovery rate crosses 75% mark

New Delhi, Aug 24: The COVID-19 recovery rate in India reached 75.27 per cent on Monday, but the country still recorded 61,408 fresh COVID-19 cases and 836 more deaths, as per the Union Health Ministry data.

The total number of recoveries now stand at 23,38,035 while active cases 7,10,771. The case tally has surged to 31,06,348 while the death toll climbed to 57,542.

According to Indian Council of Medical Research, in the past 24 hours, 6,09,917 tests were conducted.

The case tally zoomed to 6,82,383 in the worst-affected state of Maharashtra, while Tamil Nadu registered 3,79,385 cases and the figure stood at 3,53,111 in Andhra Pradesh.

The death toll rose to 22,570 in Maharashtra, 6,517 in Tamil Nadu and 3,282 in Andhra Pradesh.

The World Health Organisation has said that using plasma from the recovered to treat COVID-19 was still considered “an experimental therapy” as the preliminary results were still “inconclusive”.

Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Gulbarga in Karnataka Umesh Jadhav became the latest legislative to fell prey of coronavirus. Twelve members of his family have also tested positive for the virus.

In a respite to travellers, Karnataka government issued a new direction in which interstate travellers do not have to undergo the 14-day home quarantine that was earlier mandatory.

As threat of coronavirus still looms large, the Supreme Court asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to consider providing an online option for taking the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance (NEET) from next year.

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) allowed institutions offering MBA and PGDM courses to admit students based on marks obtained in qualifying undergraduate exams.

Meanwhile, the government said it will released funds for construction of two 500-beded makeshift hospitals in Bihar.

Globally, the United States remains the worst-infected, with more than 58 lakh cases, followed by Brazil, recording over 36 lakh infections. The US also registered the highest 1.80 lakh fatalities, while 1.14 lakh were recorded in Brazil.

In India, at the third spot in terms of infections and fourth in fatalities, registered the first case and death on January 31 and March 13, respectively.


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