India COVID-19 tally crosses 54 lakh; Over 94K new cases on SaturdaySeptember 20, 2020 0 By FM
India witnessed a daily spike of more than 90,000 SARS CoV-2 infection cases for the sixth straight day on Saturday. With 94,145 fresh Covid-19 cases and 1,145 related deaths on Saturday, the country’s total caseload has now risen to 54,00,620 and the fatalities climbed to 86,782, according to data released by the Health Ministry.
India, currently the second most-affected country in the world by the pandemic after the US, however has the highest number of recoveries at 42,959,18, according to global data by worldometer.
On Saturday, at least five states reported their highest single-day spike in cases, with major surges being reported in Kerala (4,644 new cases) and Uttarakhand (2,078). The other three states — Gujarat (1,432), Madhya Pradesh (2,607) and Rajasthan (1,834) recorded incremental increases over their previous highs.
Maharashtra reported over 20,000 COVID cases to reach 21,907 and 425 fatalities on Saturday, taking the caseload to 11.9 lakh and toll to 32,216 so far.
Tamil Nadu recorded 5,569 new Covid-19 cases and 66 deaths on Saturday. The cumulative death toll touched 8,751 and the state has 46,453 active cases as per government records. In the past 19 days, the state added 1,08,552 cases, which pushed the cumulative tally to 5,36,477. The doubling period for the infection has increased to 63 days compared to 46 days on August 31, announced the state health officials.
Globally, the COVID infection burden currently stands at 30,984,431 with about 961,400 having succumbed to the disease so far.