Coronavirus: India’s COVID-19 tally rises to 33.87 lakh
India on Friday (August 28) recorded a new single-day high of 77,266 cases, taking its COVID-19 tally to 33.87 lakh. Total deaths due to the virus have now risen to 61,529.
A record single-day spike of 77,266 COVID-19 cases pushed India's virus tally to 33,87,500, while the recoveries surged to 25,83,948 on Friday, according to the Union health ministry data.
The death toll climbed to 61,529 with 1,057 people succumbing to the diseases in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8am showed.
The recovery rate was recorded at 76.28%, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.82%.
There are 7,42,023 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 21.90% of the total caseload, the data stated.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 and went past 30 lakh on August 23.
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 3,94,77,848 samples have been tested up to August 27 with 9,01,338 samples being tested on Thursday.
Chief secretaries and health secretaries of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir attended the meeting with Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba.
Apart from a high caseload, these states and J&K also account for 89% of the COVID deaths.
For most of August, India has been reporting the highest number of new cases in the world, more than even the United States and Brazil, the only two countries which have a bigger caseload than India.