Single-day spike at 55,000 on Thursday takes India’s COVID caseload to 16 lakh

July 31, 2020 0 By FM

India’s COVID caseload crossed 16 lakh to reach 16,38,870 on Thursday, with a record spike of 55,078 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra is back to record in daily new cases with 11,147 newly tested positives. 

The total active cases stood at 5,45,318 with 10,57,805 people having recovered so far, revealed the data from the Union Health Ministry. The death toll increased to 35,747 with 786 fatalities being reported in the past 24 hours. Maharashtra (266 deaths), Tamil Nadu (100), Karnataka (83), Andhra Pradesh (68) and Uttar Pradesh (57) contributed to the bulk of the fatalities.

India now has the fifth-highest death toll in the world, surpassing Italy with 35,132 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker. The seven-day rolling average for deaths in India is now 735, next only to the U.S. (1,075) and Brazil (1,052).

The case fatality rate in the country is now 2.18%, which is “among the lowest in the world… 24 States and Union Territories have a lesser fatality rate than that of the country,” said Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special Duty, Health Ministry, at a press conference.

The  Indian Council of Medical Research has announced that the total number of COVID-19 samples tested up to 30th July is 1,88,32,970. 6,42,588 samples were tested yesterday.