Covid triples in July with 10L cases, 20K deaths

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Covid triples in July with 10L cases, 20K deaths

Saturday, 01 August 2020 | PNS | New Delhi

Worst-hit Maha added 2.5L cases, TN 1.55 L, while Delhi added only 50K; recovery rate in national Capital nears 90%

July was a disastrous month in India’s struggle against Coronavirus which spread to rural clusters in an alarming way, infected more than one million persons, and snuffed out around 20, 000 lives.

India began July with Coronavirus cases piled up at 5.85 lakh and just 17,000 deaths. During the month cases nearly tripled while death count more than doubled.

Among the worst affected States, Maharashtra added nearly 2.5 lakh new cases, while the death tally doubled from 7,855 to 14,999. The State started the month with 1.74 lakh cases and ended at 4.22 lakh cases. 

On Friday, Maharashtra reported 10,320 new cases and  265 deaths, taking total cases to 4,22,118, including 2,56,158 discharges and 14,994 deaths. Active cases stand at 1,50,662.

Mumbai recorded 53 deaths and 1100 fresh cases on Friday, taking the total number of cases in Mumbai to 1,14,287. The number of recovered and discharged cases is 87,074.

The second worst affected State, Tamil Nadu added 1.55 lakh cases to the tally of 90,000 cases on July 1 to end the month with 2.45 lakh cases.  In the case of Tamil Nadu, the death count more than tripled from 1,201 to 3,925.  The mortality rate is a cause for serious concern for Tamil Nadu.

On Friday, TN lost 97 persons to Covid-19 and added 5,881 new cases. The number of new persons diagnosed with coronavirus was higher than that of Thursday while the number of persons succumbing to the pandemic remained the same.

There were 57,968 Covid-19 patients in the State as on Friday. The total number of persons tested positive till date crossed 2.45 lakh while the State tested 58,350 persons on Friday. A total of 5,778 patients recovered from the pandemic and got discharged from the hospital in the last 24 hours. As part of aggressive testing for the pandemic, there are 120 laboratories operating across the State.

Fourth-placed Delhi did a good job of containing the virus adding just around 50,000 new cases and 1,200 deaths during the month. The national Capital started the month with 87,360 cases and 2,743 deaths. At the end of the month, Delhi has 1,35, 598 cases and 3,963 deaths. Delhi recovery rate touched 90 per cent, the Delhi Health Department said on Friday that the COVID-19 mortality rate has also declined to 2.92%.

According to the daily health bulletin, 1,195 new COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours in the national capital. With this, the coronavirus count in Delhi crossed 1.3 lakh on Friday.

A total of 1,206 patients have recovered or have been discharged in the last 24 hours, the Delhi Government health bulletin said.

The total number of cases has risen to 1,35,598 including 10,705 active cases and 1,20,930 recovered/discharged/migrated patients. The health bulletin said 3,963 persons have died due to the virus in Delhi. A total number of 5763 COVID-19 patients are in home isolation currently, the health bulletin said.

Andhra Pradesh had a nightmarish July when the cases went up from 14, 595 to 1.4 lakh, a ten-fold rise. During the same period,  death figure increased from 187 to 1349.   On Friday AP logged 10376 new cases and 68 more deaths.

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