Covid count soars to 2 million

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Covid count soars to 2 million

Friday, 07 August 2020 | PNS | New Delhi

Covid count soars to 2 million

India has added 10 lakh cases in just 20 days and is third-most-hit country and fifth by death toll

At a time when the Government claimed the coronavirus spread has been contained, the number of cases on Thursday crossed over 20 lakh mark in the country. With 20.21 lakh cases, India is behind Brazil which is second spot with more than 28.62 lakh cases and the United States which continues to be the worst affected nation with  close to 50 lakh cases.

India has added 10 lakh cases in just 20 days.  Globally, over 18.82 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 70,6779 have died so far. Brazil on July 17 Brazil crossed 20 lakh coronavirus cases with 76,000 deaths.

India, the third-most-affected country by total cases and fifth by death toll, has added 30,3946 cases in the past six days alone.  This is the ninth consecutive day that coronavirus cases have increased by more than 50,000.

On July 28, India had recorded 15 lakh cases. The new five million came in nine days, with an average of 50,000 fresh cases logged each day. The country has reported over 57,000 cases and over 800 deaths in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization urged the member nations of its Southeast Asia region to maintain essential health services and accelerate resumption of healthcare facilities hit by the pandemic as an integral part of the Covid-19 response.

As per the Government data, five most affected States by total tally of cases are Maharashtra (4,79779), Tamil Nadu (279,144), Andhra Pradesh (1,96,789), Karnataka (158254) and Delhi (141,531).

Maharashtra reported highest single-day spike of 11,514 cases, followed by Andhra Pradesh 10, 328 fresh cases, Karnataka 6805 and Tamil Nadu 5,684 cases. As the virus claimed another 316 lives in Maharashtra, the State's death toll climbed to 16,792. Mumbai reported 910 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 57 deaths in the last 24 hours.

After Maharashtra, racing closer to the two lakh mark, the coronavirus tally in Andhra Pradesh reached 1.96 lakh on Thursday as another 10,328 cases were added for the second consecutive day. Worsening further, East Godavari reported another 1,351 cases in the last 24 hours.

The area has been followed by Kurnool 1,285 and Anantapuramu 1,112. Guntur registered 868 fresh cases, West Godavari 798, SPS Nellore 788, Visakhapatnam 781, Chittoor 755, Srikakulam 682 and Kadapa 604 till 10 am on Thursday.Karnataka is in the third place with 6,805 new cases (including 2,544 in Bengaluru Urban) in a single day and 93 deaths, taking the total tally to 1,58,254, including 75,068 active cases, and 2,897 deaths till date.Uttar Pradesh recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus numbers with 61 more deaths and 4,586 fresh infections. So far, 1,08,974 cases, including 1,918 fatalities, have been reported from the state. West Bengal recorded the highest single-day spike of 2,954 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, which pushed the tally to 86,854.With 1,299 fresh cases, Delhi's COVID-19 tally climbs to 1,41,531; death toll rises to 4,059 with 15 more fatalities reported.Among states with more than 25,000 cases, the five with worst recovery rates at present are Karnataka (49.31%), Andhra Pradesh (55.97%), Uttar Pradesh (58.01%), Kerala (60.15%), and Maharashtra (65.25%).In general, large cities continue to be disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Five urban centres—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad—alone account for 29% of confirmed cases and 40% of deaths nationally. Fifteen top cities account for 38% of confirmed cases and 53% of covid-related deaths in the country.Meanwhile, in southern India, coronavirus cases and related deaths are still rising faster than most other states, but the pace has slowed down over the last week. The weekly growth rate of the death toll in Andhra Pradesh has come down to 42 percent, and Karnataka’s to 33 percent. Both states had witnessed much steeper spikes in fatalities last month. Karnataka has become the latest state to surpass the death toll of Gujarat, which was until May one of the biggest hotspots of the virus. Andhra Pradesh has become the eighth state to cross 1,600 deaths. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Gujarat have the highest tolls, with a 75% share in the national death count.By now, the death trajectories of Delhi and Gujarat appear to have stabilized. Maharashtra’s trajectory, though not worsening, has been rising at a stable rate. Death tolls are rising rapidly in some other states. In the last seven days, the curve has become steeper for Bihar and Punjab, where the toll rose 31% and 37%, respectively, during the period.The northeast is the latest region in the country where the coronavirus has begun to pick up in the last few days. Assam has the 10th highest number of active cases, states such as Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura have also seen new outbreaks in recent days. Their total case-load is a small fraction of that in the rest of India, but the four states together have recorded a 63% jump in active cases over the past week.

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