Coronavirus India Updates: India Tally Crosses 21 Lakh As New Cases Surge
Coronavirus infections in India raced past the 21-lakh-mark as the country reported record new cases in a day.
India added more than 64,000 cases of coronavirus infection in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to 21.5 lakh in the world’s third-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Aug. 9. This includes over 43,000 deaths and more than 14.8 lakh patients who have recovered.
- Total confirmed cases: 21,53,010
- Active cases: 6,28,747
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 14,80,884
- Deaths: 43,379
- Fresh cases in 24 hours: 64,399
- One-day recoveries: 53,879
- One-day deaths: 861
India added has added over 8 lakh cases in the last 15 days. The rate of recoveries is also on the rise. Recovered cases are now more than double that of active cases. This, however, does not necessarily count as a sign of relief or an indication that the country has hit its peak.
Australia had its deadliest day with 17 people dying from Covid-19. Brazil’s death toll surpassed 100,000 and cases breached 3 million in the world’s second-biggest coronavirus outbreak. U.S. cases hovered near 5 million as Texas hit a record for positive tests.
Globally, cases have topped 19.5 million leaving over 7,24,500 dead.
Track news and developments around the outbreak in India here.
Centre Tells States To Speed Up Insurance Claims Process For Covid-19 Health Workers
The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to quickly process claims under the Rs 50-lakh insurance scheme for frontline healthcare workers engaged in Covid-19 duties as the cover is available till September.
In a letter to the states and UTs, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked them to accord top priority to the security and well-being of healthcare providers, medical staff and frontline workers.
He also told them to initiate deterrent action against the perpetrators of violence against frontline COVID-19 workers under the Epidemic Disease (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.
Chennai Positivity Rate May Fall To 6% By August-End: Municipal Commissioner
The Covid-19 test positivity rate in Chennai may drop to about 6% by the end of this month and concerted efforts were on to accomplish it, Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash has said.
The positivity rate, gradually has dipped to about 8.5% to 9.5% now from 14-15% last month, he said. Another good outcome to several efforts was that the doubling time has improved to 72.2 days in Chennai from 65 days a week ago and in divisions under north Chennai, it was a welcome 140-150 days, he said.
Efforts were on to replicate the improvement seen in the north of the city in other areas with relatively higher cases, he said. Soon, Chennai would complete eight lakh RT-PCR tests and tests per day again touched 14,000 on Friday from about 12,000 on average, he said.
Delhi Health Minister Says Numbers Rising Due To 'Outside' Patients
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday attributed the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in the national capital to "patients from outside getting tested here".
"There have been reports that coronavirus cases are increasing in the national capital. Many patients from outside Delhi are getting tested here, hence the rise in the number of cases. There is otherwise a decline in cases here," Jain told reporters.
The health minister also said hospital admissions have also increased due to the patients coming from outside Delhi.
In June, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had overruled the AAP government's decision to reserve hospital beds in city-run and private hospitals only for residents of the national capital afflicted with the coronavirus infection.
Telangana Cases Inch Closer To 80,000
Telangana reported 1,982 new Covid-19 cases, taking the overall infection tally to 79,495, while the death toll mounted to 627 with 12 more fatalities.
The declining trend in new positive cases (observed during the last several days) continued in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation with 463 fresh cases being reported.
Medchal-Malkajgiri (141), Rangareddy (139), Karimnagar (96) and Jogulamba Gadwal (93) were at the top in positive cases, a state government bulletin said on Sunday, providing data as of 8 pm on July 8.
The GHMC has been the epicentre of the virus spread in the state. Districts, including Rangareddy, Medchal- Malkajgiri, Karimnagar have also been reporting a considerably large number of cases in the state.