Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 79 Lakh; New Cases Fall Below 50,000
Coronavirus cases in India rose towards the 80-lakh mark as the economy continued to reopen amid the festive season. The pace of increase, though, has reduced with the country adding less than 50,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for he second time in seven days.
India added 45,148 fresh cases - lowest since July 22 - in a matter of 24 hours, taking the total tally to over 79 lakh in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Oct. 26. This includes 1.19 lakh deaths and 71.4 lakh patients who have recovered.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 79,09,959
- Active cases: 6,53,717
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 71,37,228
- Deaths: 1,19,014
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 45,148
- One-day recoveries: 59,105
- One-day deaths: 480
The slower pace of daily infections and an improved recovery rate kept active cases in India below the 7-lakh-mark for the fourth straight day. That’s just 8% of the total caseload. India’s active cases had crossed 10 lakh in mid-September. New cases have been falling in India for nearly a month. Daily additions have remained below the 90,000 mark since Sept. 21.
To be sure, the nation with 1.3 billion people is only behind the U.S. in the number of confirmed infections.
The daily death toll has also declined compared to a month ago. The figure fell below the 500-mark today, for the first time in over three months.
The World Health Organization’s director general said some countries in the northern hemisphere are facing a “dangerous moment” as U.S. coronavirus infections hit a record for the second day and France’s cases rose by more than 50,000.
China tackled another outbreak after a 17-year-old girl in the Kashgar region was found to have Covid-19. Spain announced a nationwide curfew and Italy introduced the strongest restrictions since May.
Globally, Covid-19 infections rose past 42.9 million with over 1.15 million dead.
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Maha Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar Tests Positive For Covid-19, Hospitalised
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday said he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is admitted in a hospital here on the advice of doctors.
In a message, Pawar said his health condition is fine.
"I have tested positive for Covid-19. My health condition is fine. As a precautionary measure I have admitted self to Breach Candy Hospital on the advice of doctors," the NCP leader said.
He also said the party workers and citizens need not worry about his health and that he will be back among all after a brief period of rest.
On Thursday, Pawar tested negative for coronavirus but was in home quarantine as a precautionary measure. In the last few months, over a dozen Maharashtra ministers have tested positive for the viral infection.
They include Jitendra Awhad (housing), Ashok Chavan (public works department), Dhananjay Munde (social justice), Varsha Gaikwad (school education), Eknath Shinde (urban development) and Nitin Raut (energy). Ministers Hasan Mushrif (rural development), Sunil Kedar (animal husbandry), Balasaheb Patil (cooperation), Aslam Shaikh (ports, textile), Bacchu Kadu (MoS for school education), Abdul Sattar (MoS-rural development), Sanjay Bansode (MoS-environment) and Vishwajeet Kadam (MoS for cooperation) had also contracted Covid-19.
Recoveries Rate Tops 90%
With over 71 lakh Covid-19 patients having fought off the virus, the recovery rate in India is at 90.2%. Active cases account for 8% of the pie while the fatality rate stands at 1.5%