India reports 64,531 new cases on Tuesday; Toal active cases at 6.76 lakh

August 19, 2020 0 By FM

India reported 64,531 new cases and 1,092 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total confirmed cases in the country to 27,67,274 so far. This includes 6,76,514 active cases and 20,37,871 recoveries or discharged patients. The death toll has reached 52,889 as on Wednesday.  

According to ICMR, India has tested 3,17,42,782 samples till now. This includes 8,01,518 samples tested on Tuesday. The government claimed that the continued increase in average daily recoveries has led to India’s Covid-19 recovery rate rising to 73.18 per cent and a low case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.92 per cent. The actual case load of the country is now around 25% of the total cases.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has on Tuesday said that the world is nowhere near the amount of coronavirus immunity that is required to to induce herd immunity. India, however, hopes that it may be able to get the Oxford University vaccine candidate, Covishield, manufactured in the country by the end of the year.