India reports 45,720 new COVID-19 cases, 1,129 deaths in biggest one-day jump -- Key points
India's coronavirus caseload has surged to 12,38,635, while the death toll stands at 29,861. So far 7,82,607 people have recovered and the recovery rate is 63.18 per cent.
India reported a record jump of 45,720 in COVID-19 infections on Wednesday taking its total number of cases to nearly 1.24 million, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. The country has crossed the 12-lakh mark just three days after it crossed the 11-lakh milestone.
India also reported 1,129 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 29,861. The country has the third-highest number of cases after the United States and Brazil.
So far 7,82,607 people have recovered and the recovery rate is 63.18 per cent and positivity rate is 13.03 per cent. India's coronavirus caseload has surged to 12,38,635. There are 4,26,167 active cases of coronavirus infection presently in the country. The total number of confirmed cases includes foreigners.
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(As on 23 July, 2020, 08:00 AM)
▶️ Confirmed cases: 1,238,635
▶️ Active cases: 426,167
▶️ Cured/Discharged/Migrated: 782,607
▶️ Deaths: 29,861#IndiaFightsCorona#StayHome #StaySafe @ICMRDELHI
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The highest number of samples were tested on Wednesday, with 3,50,823 samples collected. The total samples tested till now is over 1.5 crore, according to the government data. Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases in India, followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi.
Of the 1,129 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 518 are from Tamil Nadu, 280 from Maharashtra, 65 from Andhra Pradesh, 55 from Karnataka, 39 from West Bengal, 34 from Uttar Pradesh, 29 from Delhi, 28 from Gujarat, 14 from Madhya Pradesh and 10 from Jammu and Kashmir.
Telangana and Jharkhand have reported nine fatalities each followed by Haryana with eight deaths, Assam, Punjab and Rajasthan six each, Odisha five, Goa and Uttarakhand two each while Kerala, Puducherry, Tripura and Chandigarh have registered a fatality each.
According to AIIMS-Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria, human trials of India's indigenously developed coronavirus vaccine, COVAXIN, began on July 20. He said that it would take at least three months for researchers to arrive at the first set of data.
Across the world, coronavirus cases have climbed to more than 1.51 crore while the death toll from the pandemic has surpassed 6.23 lakh.
Researchers are making "good progress" in developing vaccines against COVID-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Wednesday.
WHO is working to ensure fair vaccine distribution, but in the meantime it is key to suppress the virus's spread, said Mike Ryan, head of WHO's emergencies programme, as daily new cases around the globe are at near-record levels.