India sees more than 70,000 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday; Total caseload crosses 2.8 million

August 20, 2020 0 By FM

India registered a record number of 70,101 fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. With this, the number of positive coronavirus cases reported in  India now stands at 28,35,685. The death toll from the pandemic has touched 54,012 with 978 fresh deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The active infection cases in the country are 6,88,162 at present while a total of 20,90,924 patients have recovered from the infection taking the recovery rate to 73.8%, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Maharashtra witnessed a huge surge in the new cases with 13,165 people testing positive for COVID. The state’s active caseload has now gone up to 1.6 lakh reaching 1,607,28. Maharashtra also registered 346 new deaths taking the overall fatalities to 21,033. Mumbai accounted for 46 of the 346 fatalities on Wednesday. 

Besides Maharashtra, seven other states/UT registered their highest daily peak of fresh COVID infections including Kerala (2333 cases), UP (5156), Jharkhand (1266), Punjab (1693), Haryana (994), Chhattisgarh (759) and J&K (708).

Kerala continues to see a spike in cases underlining the rapid spread of the disease in the state. The state’s caseload now stands at 50,231. The active cases stand at 17,438 and the death toll at 182.

Karnataka accounted for the highest fatalities on Wednesday with 126 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu with 116 casualties.

Other states that recorded a spike in fatalities on Wednesday were UP (53), West Bengal (53), Gujarat (17), Rajasthan (12), Odisha (10), Haryana (10), Madhya Pradesh (18), Punjab (24), J&K (11), Jharkhand (13) and Uttarakhand (14).