India reports 64,553 new COVID cases, recovery rate improves to 71.17 pc

14-08-2020

New Delhi, (UNI) The country on Friday registered as many as 64,553 new cases of Novel Coronavirus in the past 24 hours, mounting the tally to 24,61,191.

It also reported 1,007 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 48,040.

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, active cases have reached 6,61,595, while the number of discharged or migrated patients was 17,51,556.

This is for the 16 days straight, that the country has reported more than 50,000 cases or more in a single day.

COVID-19 testing continues to grow and 8,48,728 samples were tested on August 13, which is highest in a single day so far.

On a positive note, India's COVID recovery rate on Friday improved to 71.17 per cent, after 55,573 recoveries were recorded in the past 24 hours.

The fatality rate across the nation has further reduced to 1.95 per cent, the government data added.

A total of 2,76,94,416 samples have been tested for COVID, till Thursday, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that he has tested negative for COVID-19 and will remain in home isolation for few days.

Mr Shah was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on August 3, following mild indications and testing positive for Novel Coronavirus.

On the other hand, the Supreme Court on Friday said it is not in favour of setting up a commission of inquiry to probe the alleged 'gross mismanagement' of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Central Government.

The plea contended that mismanagement occurred at multiple levels, from not stocking enough protective and medical equipment to combat the health crisis to lack of early checking of homecoming international passengers and alleged that the government failed to take timely measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19 despite being informed about the same in early January by the World Health Organisation.