India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 9.76 million

India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 9.76 million

India’s total confirmed cases have risen to 97,67,640 with 31,623 new infections reported in the last 24 hours. Total active cases stood at 3,70,786. As many as 37,680 new patients were recovered during the day. The death toll mounted to 1,41,810 with 412 new deaths.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally on Wednesday rose to 18,64,348 as it recorded 4,981 new cases. With 75 more fatalities, the state’s death toll has reached 47,902. A total of 5,111 patients were recovered yesterday taking the total recoveries to 17,42,191. There are currently 73,166 active cases.

Kerala on Wednesday reported 4,875 new positive COVID-19 cases and 35 related deaths, taking the caseload in the state to 6,49,571 and the death toll to 2,507. There are currently 59,923 active cases. The state has tested 52,655 samples in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate is 9.26 per cent,” said State health minister K K Shailaja, in a release.

The TPR had stood around 10% in November. A total of 67,55,630 samples have been tested till now. The minister said 4,230 people including 43 healthcare workers were infected through contact while the contact source of infection for 508 people was not known. According to the release, 94 of those diagnosed with the disease are from outside the state.

At the same time, 4,647 patients have recovered from the disease. There are 3,09,935 people now under isolation across the state with 14,164 in isolation wards of various hospitals.

The case tally of West Bengal mounted to 5,10,951 after 2,956 fresh cases were reported from different parts of the state. The death toll rose 8,867 after 47 more people succumbed to the disease on Wednesday, the health department said. The state now has 23,650 active cases.

As many as 3,009 recoveries were registered in the state during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 4,78,434. In most of the COVID-19 deaths in West Bengal comorbidities like hypertension, diabetes, cardiac problems, nephrotic syndrome and COPD were found to be fatal, a study conducted by the state health department said.

Hypertension was found in 30 per cent of the females who died of COVID-19, while the same was found in 28 per cent of the males who succumbed to the disease till the last week of November.

At least 24.5 per cent of the women who succumbed to COVID-19 were found to be diabetic, while among the men it was 24.2 per cent, it said. Cardiac problems were found in 10.6 per cent men while it was prevalent among 8.3 per cent of women. Nephrotic syndrome was found higher among males with 10.2 per cent while among females it was 9.7 per cent, it said. The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) had also affected around 5.5 per cent men and 3.9 per cent females, the study conducted across all the districts of West Bengal, said.

According to the study, COVID-19 had been more fatal in women than in men diagnosed with cancer and on dialysis.

Delhi witnessed 2,463 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 5,99,575, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government on Wednesday. Also, 50 more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 9,813. Of the total cases, 5,69,216 people have recovered and there are 20,546 active cases. A total of 72,079 tests were done in the past 24 hours.

“Today overall positivity is 3.42%, this is less than 5% for the last 8 days. Less than 5000 cases for last 12 days. Today’s death numbers are lowest since 1 Nov. Continue to observe all precautions,” said Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

The positivity of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday was lesser than the average daily positivity in November, which was 11.65%. The overall positivity till now was 8.64%, as per the bulletin.

Of the total 18,806 beds available for COVID-19 treatment in the city, 71.1% were vacant, as per the bulletin. Also, 64.7% of ICU beds with ventilators for COVID-19 treatment in the city were occupied by Wednesday night and 44.7% of the ICU beds without ventilators were full, as per Delhi government data. In November, there were days when more than 50% of beds were occupied and about 90% of ICU beds with ventilators were full.

There were 6,460 containment zones in the city as on Wednesday.