Corona cases cross 49 lakh in India

Deaths cross 80,000

16 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

NEW DELHI: India reported 83,809 new coronavirus infections for its lowest daily jump in a week, informed the health ministry on Tuesday.

The total case tally in India stands at 49,30,237 including 9,90,061 active cases, 38,59,400 cured/discharged/migrated and 80,776 deaths, showed data on Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Indian media reported. The world’s second-most populous nation appeared to be on course to cross the milestone of 5 million cases on Wednesday, as its tally of 4.93 million is just 70,000 short.

India, where cases have been rising faster than any other nation, lags only the United States in terms of its number of total infections. The death toll crossed 80,000 on Tuesday, swelled by 1, 054 in the last 24 hours, the ministry added. Maharashtra which is most affected by the pandemic has 2,91,630 active cases of COVID-19. Karnataka has 98,482 active cases, Andhra Pradesh has 93,204, Tamil Nadu 46,912 and Delhi 28,641. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 5,83,12,273 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to 14th September, of these 10,72,845 were tested on Monday.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who has been leading the national capital’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, also tested positive for the virus on Monday. The leader confirmed his infection in a tweet and said he was in self-isolation to prevent transmission of the illness.

According to the Union Health Ministry, India’s recovery rate has touched 78 per cent reflecting the increasing number of high recoveries per day. In India, 37.8 lakh people have recovered, followed by Brazil at 37.23 lakh cases and the US at 24.5 lakh cases. Globally, 19,775,100 people have recovered, 29,190,588 have been infected and as many as 927,245 deaths have been recorded.

Ministry of Health said that India has consistently maintained a low and declining Case Fatality Rate (1.64 percent). This rate is lowest compared to global average of 3.2 percent and many countries.