Coronavirus India Updates: Tally  Tops 2 Million With Over 41,500 Dead
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Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 2 Million With Over 41,500 Dead

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Covid-19 cases in India continue to rise at a hastened pace, reaching yet another grim milestone of 20 lakh cases.

Authorities reported over 62,000 fresh cases in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 20.2 lakh in the world’s third-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Aug. 7. This includes over 41,500 deaths and 13.7 lakh patients who have recovered.

India has added nearly 5 lakh cases in just nine days. At 62,538, Friday’s fresh cases are the highest the country has seen so far.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 20,27,074
  • Active cases: 6,07,384
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 13,78,105
  • Deaths: 41,585
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 62,538
  • One-day recoveries: 49,769
  • One-day deaths: 886

Just this week India’s Health Ministry claimed to have lowered the country’s fatality rate to 2.10%, while simultaneously increasing testing. Recoveries are also on the rise. There are over two recovered patients for each patient who currently has the virus. This, however, does not necessarily count as a sign of relief or an indication that the country has hit its peak.

Global Update

The Philippines now has the worst outbreak in Southeast Asia, overtaking Indonesia, with cases surging to almost 120,000. Japan is facing criticism for conflicting signals from national and local officials on travel while Australia is committing more funds to its JobKeeper program to support employment amid the pandemic.

Over 19 million cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed globally with more than 713,000 dead.

Track all Covid-19 related news developments in India, here.

OCI Card Holders From Four Countries To Be Allowed To Visit India

Overseas Citizen of India card holders from the U.S., U.K., Germany and France, with whom India has signed air bubble arrangements, will be allowed to visit the country, the Home Ministry announced on Friday.

Other foreigners from these countries have also been allowed to avail Indian visa facility for business, medical and employment purposes.

According to a home ministry notification, Indian citizens have also been allowed to travel to these countries on any type of visa.

Source: PTI

India’s Covid-19 Management Marked By Rising Recovery Rate, Falling Fatality Rate: Centre

India's Covid-19 management is marked by "two significant achievements" of continuously rising recovery rate among Covid-19 patients and a case fatality rate that has remained much below the global average, according to the health ministry.

While the recovery rate among coronavirus patients has risen to a record high of 67.98%, the fatality rate has gone down to 2.05%, it said on Friday.

"These two in tandem have enabled a higher and rising difference of more than 7.7 lakh between the number of recovered patients and active cases in India," the ministry said. With 49,769 patients recuperating from the disease in 24 hours, the number of recoveries have jumped to 13,78,105 on Friday.

The recovery rate has increased from 51.08% on June 15 to 67.98% on August 7, while active cases which comprised 46.06% of the total Covid-19 caseload now account for 29.96% , it said.

Source: PTI

India's Rate Of Covid-19 Positive Samples

India Vs The World

Home to about 130 crore people, India is only behind the U.S. in adding most number of new cases daily. While the U.S. added 59,268 cases on an average over the last week, India added 54,392 fresh infections, with no sign of its virus curve flattening.

Active Cases Curve Shows Signs Of Flattening

As India’s fresh case additions increase, so is the rate of recoveries per day, leading to a visibly flatter curve of active cases.

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