18.55 Lakh COVID-19 cases in India to date, 38,938 deaths; 66% recovery rate

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New Delhi:
India’s COVID-19 count jumped to 18,555,745 after 52,050 people tested positive on Tuesday, while the death toll rose by 803 to 38,938, according to figures from the Ministry of Health of the ‘Union. So far, 12,30,509 patients across the country have recovered, bringing the cure rate to 66.30% percent. Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the latest among public figures in the country to contract the virus, resulting in the death of a Uttar government minister Pradesh. Maharashtra reported the highest number of cases, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

Here are the top 10 developments on coronavirus cases in India:

  1. In a brief message on Twitter, Mr Siddaramaiah said he had tested positive and was admitted to hospital on the advice of doctors. He is the second leader of Karnataka, after Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to contract the virus. The two leaders are undergoing treatment at Manipal Hospital.

  2. Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally on Monday rose to 4.50196 with the addition of 8,968 new cases, while more than 260 deaths from the infection, the state health department said. With 266 new deaths, the death toll rose to 15,842, a health department official said.

  3. A Mumbai-based drug maker has signed a pact with the UK government to deliver millions of doses of several COVID-19 vaccines to the country. Reuters reported that Britain is hoping the company could start working as early as next month.

  4. The national capital recorded 805 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, the lowest in more than two months, bringing the number of infections to 1,338,482, authorities said on Monday. According to a health bulletin, 10,133 tests – 3,904 RTCPR and 6,229 Rapid Antigen – were performed in the past 24 hours. On average, 18,000 to 19,000 tests were performed daily since testing was ramped up significantly in mid-June.

  5. However, neighboring Uttar Pradesh reported its highest single-day peak on Monday with 3,505 new infections. The state now has a total of more than 70,000 cases and 1,456 deaths related to COVID-19.

  6. India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 18 lakh mark on Monday, just a day after surpassing 17 lakh, with 52,972 cases reported in one day. It only took 186 days for India to break through the 18 lakh mark, after the first case was reported in Kerala in January this year. The country had passed the lakh bar in 110 days.

  7. More than 60% of the total cases in the country and more than 50% of the total deaths were recorded in July. Maharashtra reported the highest number of cases, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

  8. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi – a fierce and frequent critic of the prime minister over a pandemic – released an infographic from a news channel on Monday evening that showed India had the most cases in the world over a 24 hour period ending at 9:30 a.m. “The right decisions at the right time mean India is better off than other countries,” said Gandhi’s post.

  9. The United Nations health agency has warned that the coronavirus pandemic will be long and could lead to “response fatigue” as India and the Philippines reported a record increase in new cases.

  10. Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the new coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million, according to the AFP news agency.

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