Coronavirus: India’s COVID-19 tally nears 3 million with 68.8 lakh fresh cases in single day

First Published 21, Aug 2020, 10:45 AM

India has recorded more than 12 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases in August, higher than in any previous month and the highest count by any country during this month.

<p>India's COVID-19 tally zoomed past 29 lakh, a day after it crossed 28 lakh, with a single-day spike of 68,898 infections, while the recoveries have increased to 21,58,946 on Friday, according to the Union health ministry data.</p>

India's COVID-19 tally zoomed past 29 lakh, a day after it crossed 28 lakh, with a single-day spike of 68,898 infections, while the recoveries have increased to 21,58,946 on Friday, according to the Union health ministry data.

<p>The total cases of coronavirus infections mounted to 29,05,823, while the death toll climbed to 54,849 with 983 new fatalities being reported in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.</p>

The total cases of coronavirus infections mounted to 29,05,823, while the death toll climbed to 54,849 with 983 new fatalities being reported in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

<p>The highest count of cases was again reported from Maharashtra, which logged its highest single-day spike in infections with as many as 14,492 recorded on the day. This was the first time that daily cases had crossed 14,000 in the state.<br />
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The highest count of cases was again reported from Maharashtra, which logged its highest single-day spike in infections with as many as 14,492 recorded on the day. This was the first time that daily cases had crossed 14,000 in the state.
 

<p>Besides Maharashtra, eight other states reported their highest single-day count of cases - Bengal (3,197), Punjab (1,741), Gujarat(1,175), Madhya Pradesh (1,142), Chhattisgarh (1,016 since Wednesday night, 916 on Thursday), Haryana (996), Puducherry (554) and Meghalaya (126).</p>

Besides Maharashtra, eight other states reported their highest single-day count of cases - Bengal (3,197), Punjab (1,741), Gujarat(1,175), Madhya Pradesh (1,142), Chhattisgarh (1,016 since Wednesday night, 916 on Thursday), Haryana (996), Puducherry (554) and Meghalaya (126).

<p>Meanwhile, the case fatality rate in India has declined to 1.89% while the recovery rate has risen to 74.30%.<br />
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Meanwhile, the case fatality rate in India has declined to 1.89% while the recovery rate has risen to 74.30%.
 

<p>Testing in India has steeply increased to more than 9 lakh tests per day. This is bolstered with all States/UTs testing more than 140 tests/day/million population as advised by WHO (World Health Organisation), said ministry of health and family welfare.</p>

Testing in India has steeply increased to more than 9 lakh tests per day. This is bolstered with all States/UTs testing more than 140 tests/day/million population as advised by WHO (World Health Organisation), said ministry of health and family welfare.

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