The Health Ministry on Wednesday said India has recorded the highest ever single-day recoveries in the last 24 hours.
“With a sharp increase of 51,706 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients recovering, the rate has reached a new high of 67.19% and continues to improve each day. The recoveries till now total up to 12,82,215, more than twice the active cases. With increasing number of patients recovering, there has been a 63.8% increase in recovered cases in the last 14 days,’’ it said.
Here are the latest updates:
12.15 pm | Puducherry
Five more COVID-19 deaths reported in Puducherry
Five more COVID-19 deaths reported on Thursday took the toll to 70 in Puducherry. The patients were in the 55-80 age bracket.
Of the 195 new admissions, 176 were in Puducherry and 19 in Karaikal. The distribution of active cases were 1,013 in Puducherry, 97 in Karaikal, 119 in Yanam and four in Mahe. Besides, 510 patients are in home isolation.
The total tally is 70 deaths, 1,743 active cases (institutional care), a cumulative total of 4,621 cases and 2,808 patients are discharged.
– reports M. Dinesh Varma.
Over 56,000 COVID-19 cases in country in single day
India saw a single day increase of 56,282 COVID-19 cases taking the country’s virus tally to 19,64,536, while the recoveries have surged to 13,28,336, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 40,699 with 904 new fatalities being reported in 24-hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.
There are 5,95,501 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently which contribute to 30.31% of the total cases.
The fatality rate has further dropped to 2.07%, the data stated.
This is the eighth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000.
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 2,21,49,351 samples have been tested up to August 5 with 6,64,949 samples being tested on Wednesday.
Of the 904 fresh deaths reported, 334 are from Maharashtra, 112 from Tamil Nadu, 100 from Karnataka, 77 from Andhra Pradesh, 61 from West Bengal, 40 from Uttar Pradesh, 29 from Punjab, 23 from Gujarat, 17 from Madhya Pradesh, 13 each from Rajasthan and Telangana, 11 from Delhi and Nine each from Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha.
Eight fatalities each have been reported from Bihar and Jharkhand, seven each from Haryana, Kerala and Puducherry, six from Assam, four from Goa, three from Uttarakhand, two each from Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Chhattisgarh, while Nagaland and Tripura have registered one fatality each.
Of the total 40,699 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 16,476 followed by 4,461 in Tamil Nadu, 4,044 in Delhi, 2,804 in Karnataka, 2,556 in Gujarat, 1,857 in Uttar Pradesh, 1,846 in West Bengal, 1,681 in Andhra Pradesh and 929 in Madhya Pradesh.
So far, 745 people have died of COVID-19 in Rajasthan, 589 in Telangana, 491 in Punjab, 455 in Haryana, 426 in Jammu and Kashmir, 355 in Bihar, 225 in Odisha, 136 in Jharkhand, 121 in Assam, 98 in Uttarakhand, 94 in Kerala.
Chhattisgarh has registered 71 deaths, Puducherry 65, Goa 64, Tripura 31, Chandigarh 20, Himachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands 14 each, Ladakh and Manipur seven each, Nagaland six, Meghalaya five, Arunachal Pradesh three, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two and Sikkim one.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70% of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
10.30 am | Telangana
Sudden spike in three districts
The Health department has been keeping a close watch on the COVID-19 situation in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits, Rangareddy and Medchal, which have reported the maximum number of cases in Telangana. But, now three other districts — Warangal Urban, Karimnagar and Sangareddy — have also come into focus following a sharp spike in cases in the past week.
10.00 am | Tamil Nadu
3,374 pregnant women have contracted infection: Health Minister
A total of 3,374 pregnant women have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and have been treated at COVID-19 maternity facilities, according to Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar.
“These pregnant women had normal deliveries and caesarean sections at exclusive COVID-19 facilities,” he said. The Minister was taking part in a programme at the Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital on Wednesday, during which the Rotary Club of Guindy donated a vehicle, a portable ECG and a cell counter.
Andhra Pradesh sees highest single-day spike in virus deaths
The State reported 77 new COVID-19 deaths, the highest single-day toll reported so far, and 10,128 new infections, during the past 24 hours as of Wednesday morning.
The death toll mounted to 1,681 and the overall tally increased to 1,86,461. The number of people undergoing treatment was 80,426.
9.00 am | Andhra Pradesh
Lockdown extended in Tirupati till August 14
DIG Kanthi Rana Tata (right) inspecting a containment zone in Tirupati
The State government has announced extension of lockdown up to August 14 in the purview of Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT).
The decision was taken in the wake of rise in COVID-19 cases, announced MCT Commissioner P.S. Gireesha here on Wednesday.
8.30 am | Telangana
SCCL steps up measures to check virus spread
With the COVID-19 tally in the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL)’s coal mines, departments and offices together mounting to a little over 460 so far, the management has initiated a slew of measures to check the infection spread in the coal belt.
Madhya Pradesh’s online classes not reaching majority of students
Just 30% of secondary and senior secondary students in government schools of Madhya Pradesh have been regularly reached through a home-based learning programme which began after schools shut in view of COVID-19 pandemic, said the State Department of School Education.
7.30 am | Manipur
COVID patients protest poor quality of food
COVID-19 patients at the J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, on Wednesday broke the padlocks of their rooms and came out protesting against the inadequate and poor quality of food. However, officials said the inmates did not go out of the hospital complex.
7.00 am | Tamil Nadu
Case against holding govt. events with over 20 people closed
The Madras High Court on Wednesday closed a public interest litigation petition filed by activist ‘Traffic’ K.R. Ramaswamy to restrain the State government from conducting functions with the participation of more than 20 people until the threat of COVID-19 subsides.