Coronavirus India Updates: Total Tally Jumps By Nearly 39,000 In The Biggest Single-Day Spike
India added more than 30,000 fresh cases of coronavirus for the fourth straight day as the highly contagious pathogen spreads rapidly in the world’s second-most populous nation after it eased containment measures to revive an economy that’s headed toward a rare annual contraction in more than four decades.
India added 38,902 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,077,618 in the world’s third-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on July 19. This includes 26,816 deaths and 677,423 patients who have recovered.
India has now become the third country where the Covid-19 cases have crossed the 1-million (10 lakh) mark.
- Total confirmed cases: 1,077,618
- Total number of active cases: 373,379
- Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 677,423
- Total deaths: 26,816
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 38,902
- One-day recoveries: 23,672
- One-day deaths: 543
While new cases mounted, India witnessed the highest number of patients recover in a single day.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a total of 13,791,869 samples have been tested as on July 18. Of these, 358,127 were tested on Saturday alone.
The second-most populous nation with 1.3 billion people is only behind the U.S. and Brazil in the number of confirmed infections, with no sign of the virus curve flattening. India, on an average, added more than 30,000 cases in the past week, a twofold jump in a fortnight.
India took 150 days to add 5 lakh and only 20 to double it to more than 10 lakh. The pace of transmission is rising even as it has started to decelerate in some developed nations. India’s daily additions have surged manifold compared with the U.K., France, Russia, Spain and Italy—countries that witnessed a massive a massive outbreak recently.
While Delhi and Mumbai account for the highest cases in India, Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana are emerging as the states where the virus is spreading at the fastest pace right now.
And as cases mount, states such as Bengaluru, Tripura and West Bengal have announced fresh lockdown measures. Bihar, too, imposed strict curbs.
Globally, the novel virus has infected more than 14.1 million people, including over 598,000 deaths.
Texas marked its fifth consecutive day of virus cases over 10,000, and Arizona reported record deaths. New infections and deaths in Florida dropped for a second day. Overall, new U.S. cases rose 1.4%, below the daily average of 2% over the past week.
Brazil reported 28,532 new virus cases, down from 34,177 infections the previous day. Another 921 fatalities were reported, below the 1,163 the day before. The World Health Organization has declared that Brazil’s outbreak — the world’s most severe after the U.S. — had hit a “plateau” and cases were “no longer exponential”, Bloomberg reported.
Mexico reported 7,615 new Covid-19 cases and 578 deaths, bringing its total cases to 338,913 and the number of deaths to 38,888.
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Central Team Arrives In Bihar To Review Covid-19 Situation
A three-member central team reached here on Sunday to take stock of the Covid-19 situation in Bihar, which has witnessed a surge in novel coronavirus cases, an official said.
The team sent by the Union Health Ministry is being led by Luv Agarwal, who is a joint secretary in the ministry. The director of the National Centre for Disease Control Dr. SK Singh, and Associate Professor of Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi Dr. Neeraj Nishchal are also part of the team.
The team will hold meetings with authorities of the health department and other officials concerned to discuss ways to contain the spread of the disease, the official said.
Uttar Pradesh Adds 2,211 New Cases; Death Toll Reaches 1,146
The Covid-19 tally in Uttar Pradesh rose to 49,247 on Sunday with the highest single-day jump of 2,211 fresh cases, while the death toll reached 1,146 after 38 fatalities were reported in the state, according to a statement.
According to the union Health Ministry's update at 8 a.m., the total tally in the state stood at 47,036.
Eight fatalities were reported from Kanpur, four from Bareilly and three from Rampur, the statement issued by the Uttar Pradesh government said.
Lucknow, Prayagraj, Sambhal, Gonda, Ballia and Hamirpur reported two deaths each, while Meerut, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Varanasi, Jaunpur, Bahraich, Gorakhpur, Etawah, Maharajganj, Bhadohi, Jhansi and Mahoba registered one casualty each.
Among the new cases, 392 are from Lucknow, followed by 168 from Kanpur, 125 from Gautam Buddh Nagar, 104 from Jhansi and 100 from Prayagraj.
63 More Areas Added To List Of Containment Zones In Bengal
The West Bengal government has added 63 areas to the list of 'broad-based' containment zones in the state, increasing the count to 739, amid the strict lockdown clamped in all such places to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease, a senior official said on Sunday.
The number of such zones in Kolkata has increased to 32 from 24, with the metropolis continuing to record the maximum number of Covid-19 cases in the state every day, he said.
The government has recently clubbed containment zones and the buffer zones around them to constitute a 'broad-based' containment zone.
Currently, North 24 Parganas district has the highest number of containment zones at 113 with the addition of 18 more areas, while South 24 Parganas has 67, up by 12, according to the state government's website 'Egiye Bangla'.
No new area was added to the list of containment zones in Howrah and the number of such areas in the district stood at 85. Eleven new zones each were added to Nadia and Purba Burdwan, taking the number of such areas to 65 and 82, respectively.
No Extension Of Lockdown In Bengaluru: BBMP Commissioner
There is no question of extending the ongoing week-long lockdown in Bengaluru, newly appointed commissioner of the city civic body N Manjunatha Prasad said on Sunday, amid speculations it may be continued for another fortnight in view of rising cases.
The government has imposed complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural districts among a few others since 8 p.m. of July 14 till 5 a.m. on July 22.
Noida Adds 125 New Covid-19 Cases; One More Death
Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Sunday recorded one more coronavirus-related fatality, while 125 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the district, official data showed.
The death toll has now reached 39, while the total number of Covid-19 cases in the district rose to 4,144, according to the data released by the Uttar Pradesh Health Department for a 24-hour period.
The number of active cases stood at 973, as 99 more patients got discharged from hospitals after recovery since Saturday, the data showed.