Coronavirus India Updates: India’s Total Covid-19 Tally Crosses 11.5 Lakh
India’s total Covid-19 tally crossed the 11.5-lakh mark, as the highly contagious virus spreads rapidly in the world’s second-most populous nation.
The country added over 37,000 fresh cases in the last 24 hours to take the total tally to 11,55,191, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on July 20. Of these, over 7.2 lakh have recovered, while active cases crossed 4 lakh.
- Total number of confirmed cases: 11,55,191
- Active cases: 4,02,529
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 7,24,578
- Deaths: 28,084
- Number of fresh cases in 24 hours: 37,148
- One-day recoveries: 24,491
- One-day deaths: 587
India, the world's third-worst infected nation, took 150 days to add 5 lakh cases and only 20 to double it to more than 10 lakh. The rise to 11 lakh happened in a matter of three days.
A coronavirus vaccine in development by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc showed promising results in early human testing and is now set to move into larger trials.
China’s CanSino Biologics Inc. and a partnership of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE also delivered positive trial updates, pointing to progress in the pursuit to defeat the pathogen.
New cases in Australia’s Victoria state surged as authorities struggle to contain a second wave of infections, while those in Tokyo climbed back above 200. New York City entered its next phase of reopening and California reported slowing growth in virus hospitalizations.
Globally, the Covid-19 cases surpassed 14.6 million, including more than 608,000 deaths.
Delhi Cabinet Approves Doorstep Delivery Of Ration
The Delhi government on Tuesday approved doorstep delivery of ration to eligible beneficiaries, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced, terming it as a "revolutionary" move.
The scheme will be known as "Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Ration Yojna'', he said.
The scheme, which was approved at a meeting of the Delhi Cabinet, is expected to be rolled out in the next 6-7 months after completing tendering process and other necessities.
“Under the scheme, wheat, flour, rice and sugar packed hygienically in bags will be delivered to the doorstep. Taking ration from a PDS shop will be optional,” Kejriwal said in a virtual press briefing.
With the implementation of the doorstep delivery of ration scheme, the Centre's ''One Nation One Ration Card'' scheme will also come into effect in Delhi, he said.
State-Wise Covid-19 Spread
Record Number Of Recoveries
Even as the pace of transmission of the novel coronavirus continued to accelerate in India, the pace of recovery improved. The country reported 24,491 recoveries on Tuesday, the most number of patients declared cured of the disease in a single day.
Fresh Cases Drop Marginally
India added 37,148 fresh cases of Covid-19 infection in the 24 hours preceding the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on Tuesday. That’s lower than the record spike of 40,425 reported on Monday. Authorities have been reporting over 30,000 new cases for the sixth straight day.