India recorded 22,890 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total caseload to over 99,79,00 lakh. Up to 338 more deaths were reported in this time, taking total fatality to 1,44,789 till now. Over 31,087 recovered since yesterday, taking the overall figure to 95,20,827. The number of fresh infections is 4.6 per cent down since Thursday.
With over 18,84,773 cases and nearly 48,500 deaths till now Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state due to the pandemic. The state added 3,880 new infections, saw 4,358 recoveries and 65 deaths in the past 24 hours. The active cases stood at 60,905, as of now.
Kerala reported 4,969 new infections in the past 24 hours after testing over 60.9K samples. The overall caseload in the state stood at 6,88,410 and the active infections totalled 58,163. As many as 4,970 patients were recuperated yesterday taking the total recoveries to 6,27,364. With 27 new deaths the total fatalities have reached 2,735.
Delhi recorded 1,363 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday with over 90,000 tests conducted, the highest till date. The state’s positivity rate declined to 1.51 per cent, authorities said. This is the third consecutive day when the positivity rate has remained below 2 per cent. The death count mounted to 10,182 with 35 new fatalities.
West Bengal saw new cases at 2,245 on Thursday. The overall caseload of the state has risen to 5,30,456, of which 19,597 are active cases. Over 42.5K tests were conducted during the day. As many as 2,747 recoveries were registered yesterday taking the total recoveries to 5,01,624. With 44 new deaths, the total fatalities took to 9,235 in the state.
COVID-19 cases in India are steadily coming down while the caseload of infection in many parts of the world is experiencing a second or even a third peak, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday asserting that the government “recognised the threat early and pursued a scientific evidence-based approach”.
Japan reported record numbers of confirmed new daily cases this week, surpassing the 3,000 threshold for the first time, in what could be described as a third wave affecting both Japan and neighbouring South Korea, according to Ellie Sutcliffe, BSc, Senior Analyst and Associate Epidemiologist at GlobalData.
Sweden experienced a death toll higher than its neighbouring countries during its second COVID-19 resurgence observed in November. India stands as the second most affected country, globally, after the U.S which has reported over 17,626,770 COVID-19 incidences and 317,928 related deaths so far.
Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 have reached over 75,282,800, with over 1,668,356 deaths and 52,852,612 recoveries.