Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 24 Lakh; Over 48,000 Dead
A doctor, middle, talks on the phone as a civil defense member, left, stands at the Covid-19 district surveillance and telemedicine hub at a school in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 24 Lakh; Over 48,000 Dead

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Coronavirus infections in India continue to race ahead, with over a lakh new cases added every two days.

India added nearly 64,000 cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to 24.6 lakh in the world’s third-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Aug. 14. This includes over 48,000 deaths and more than 17.5 lakh patients who have recovered.

Friday marked the seventh time India reported over 60,000 cases in a day.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 24,61,190
  • Active cases: 6,61,595
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 17,51,555
  • Deaths: 48,040
  • Fresh cases in 24 hours: 64,553
  • One-day recoveries: 55573
  • One-day deaths: 1,007

This is the fourth time that India has reported over a 1,000 deaths in a 24-hour period.

India’s recovery rate has swelled to nearly 70%, while the case fatality rate has fallen below 2% for the first time since the lockdown was imposed on March 25, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

However, despite the low rate, India’s fatalities are the fourth largest in the world. The country is now only behind the U.S., Brazil and Mexico in the overall number of deaths. Its total number of confirmed cases, almost 2.4 million, is the third largest in the world.

Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 24 Lakh; Over 48,000 Dead

Global Update

New Zealand recorded 12 new confirmed local cases of the coronavirus on Friday, including some outside the largest city Auckland, as the government attempts to stamp out the nation’s first outbreak in more than three months.

Joe Biden said U.S. governors should require masks for the next three months, an approach he said would save more than 40,000 lives. President Donald Trump countered that it would be unenforceable.

The U.K. eased lockdown rules but said there will be tougher penalties for violators. The nation also imposed quarantines on travelers from France, the Netherlands and four other countries.

Globally, total cases topped 20.7 million with over 752,000 dead.

Track news and developments around the outbreak in India here.

Salary Contribution By UKD MLAs To Fight Covid-19 Made Mandatory

The Uttarakhand government has brought an ordinance making it compulsory for all members of the state assembly to contribute 30 per cent of their salary and allowances towards the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The ordinance was brought at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday.

"According to the ordinance every MLA will have to contribute 30 per cent of his salary and perks towards the fight against the Corona crisis with effectfrom April 2020 to March 2021," state government spokesman and cabinet minister Madan Kaushik told reporters after the meeting. A 30 per cent cut will be imposed on the salary, constituency and secretarial allowances of all legislators for one year, he said. The meeting also decided to hold a three-day session of the state assembly in Dehradun from Sept. 23-25.

Source: PTI

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