India's COVID-19 cases rise to 10,38,716; recovery rate at 63%
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attributed the positive recovery rate to India's grass-roots health system.
With 34,884 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, India's caseload has surged to 10,38,716, the Union health ministry said. According to the data revealed by the ministry, the death toll from the disease rose to 26,273.
While the number of fatalities has risen to 671, the number of recoveries stand at 6,53,750.
Of the 671 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 258 are from Maharashtra, 115 from Karnataka, 79 from Tamil Nadu, 42 from Andhra Pradesh, 38 from Uttar Pradesh, 26 each from West Bengal and Delhi, 17 from Gujarat, nine each from Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, and eight each from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Telangana has reported seven fatalities, followed by Haryana five, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha reported four each. Assam and Puducherry saw three deaths each while two deaths were reported in Chhattisgarh and Goa.
"Around 62.94 per cent of patients have recovered so far," an official said. With over 3,58,692 active cases in the country, partial lockdown has been reimposed in several states.
While the surging cases remain a serious cause of concern, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attributed the positive recovery rates to India's grass-roots health system. Addressing the United Nations on Friday, PM Modi highlighted the government's efforts to make the fight against the pandemic a people's movement.
In his first address to the world body after India was overwhelmingly elected as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in June, Modi said the COVID-19 pandemic has “severely tested” the resilience of all nations.
The Prime Minister said that the announcement of an economy package of more than $300 billion was aimed at reaching poor households, building modern infrastructure and enabling a technology-driven system.”
"We have put forward a vision of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' --a self-reliant and resilient India-- integrated with the global economy,” he said while addressing the session ‘Multilateralism after COVID 19'.
He added that as the nations mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, it is an occasion to recognise the UN's many contributions to human progress and also an opportunity to assess the world body’s role and relevance in today's world and to shape a better future for it.
“Be it earthquakes, cyclones, Ebola crisis or any other natural or man-made crisis, India has responded with speed and solidarity. In our joint fight against COVID, we have extended medical and other assistance to over 150 countries. We also helped create a SAARC COVID emergency fund in our neighborhood,” he said.
(With input from agencies)