More than 50K COVID-19 cases in India on consecutive eighth-day


New Delhi, (UNI) 

India saw yet another massive spike of 56,282 COVID-19 cases for the eighth consecutive day on Thursday, while 904 more people lost their lives.

The total number of cases now stand at 19,64,537 while the death toll has risen to 40,699.

The tally includes 5,95,501 active cases and 13,28,336 cured/discharged/migrated.

As per Union Health Ministry data, India has reached 66.31 pc recovery rate and while the death rate has declined to 2.07 per cent.

A total of 2,21,49,351 samples have been tested for COVID as per the Indian Council of Medical Research till Wednesday.

On a brighter note, the number of recovered cases have exceeded the active ones by 7,32,835.

As a percentage of total cases, the active cases a have seen a significant drop from 34.17 per cent on July 24 to 30.31 per cent as on Thursday.

As a result, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) has been low when compared to the global average and has been progressively falling. The Case Fatality Rate stood at 2.07 per cent.

In the 24-hr spike in active cases, maximum 3,810 was reported from Maharashtra, followed by Andhra Pradesh 1,322, Tamil Nadu 968, Bihar 908 and Assam 807. Among daily recoveries, Andhra Pradesh topped the charts with 8729 cured and discharged.

Under the 'Whole of Government' approach, the public and private sector resources are combined towards the Covid-19 response and management under the Centre-led strategy. Focused implementation of "Test Track Treat" strategy by the Union and state/UT governments, ramped up hospital infrastructure and testing facilities, and emphasis on treatment of the hospitalised patients through the Standard of Care protocol advised by the Centre have effectively ensured that mortality of Covid-19 patients is contained.

Meanwhile, Centre has released Rs 890.32 crore as the second installment of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package to 22 states/UTs, including Telangana, Karnataka and West Bengal.

The other states include Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, an official statement here said.

The amount of financial assistance is based on the Covid-19 caseload in these states/UTs.