India’s Covid cases near two lakh, numbers continue to pile up

India reported 8,171 more Covid cases in the last 24 hours as the country’s coronavirus count reached 1,98,706, said the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday. The country also reported 204 more deaths caused by the infection in the last 24 hours, taking the deaths to 5,598.

The country’s total corona count includes 97,581 active cases and 95,527 cured/discharged/migrated ones. With the fatality rate of 2.82% — one of the lowest in the world — and recovery pace of 48.07%, India remains on a firmer footing in her fight against coronavirus.

“The fatality rate due to Covid-19 in our country is 2.82%, one of the lowest in the world. Only 10% of India’s population accounts for 50% of the country’s Covid-19 linked deaths. 73% of Covid-19 deaths in India are people with co-morbidities,” said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, at a press conference on Tuesday. “It is a wrong comparison to look at the total number of Covid-19 cases only and mention that India is seventh in terms of the number of cases. Our population should be considered too. 14 countries having a similar population as India have reported 22.5 times more cases and 55.2 times deaths,” he added.

“The recovery rate of the nation is continuously improving. A total of 95,527 patients have been cured of Covid-19; 3,708 have recovered in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate is now 48.07%, up from 11.42% on April 15,” he said.

Maharashtra continues to have the highest number of corona cases in the country. Its total confirmed corona cases reached 70,013 on Tuesday. There are 37,543 active cases in the state, while 30,108 people have been cured or discharged while 2,362 patients have died so far.

In Tamil Nadu, the total number of positive cases has reached 23,495. The toll due to the coronavirus infection stands at 184 on Tuesday, according to the Health Ministry In Delhi, the total number of Covid-19 cases have been pegged at 20,834. There are 11,565 active cases in the national capital. 8,746 people have been cured or discharged while 523 people have died in the country’s capital. Gujarat has so far reported 17,200 cases of coronavirus, while there are 5,357 active cases in the state. 10,780 people have been cured or discharged while 1,063 people have died in the state.

Over one lakh samples are being tested every day to detect coronavirus infection, said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday, adding that India is far from the peak of Covid-19

“ICMR is focusing on to increase Covid-19 testing capacity. As of June 1, we have 681 laboratories that are approved for conducting COVID-19 tests — 476 government and 205 private labs. Today, we are conducting 1.20 lakh tests every day,” said Nivedita Gupta, ICMR scientist, at a press conference in New Delhi.

With agency inputs

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