India saw a spike of 52,123 new COVID cases on Wednesday taking the total number of confirmed cases to 15,837,92. Of these, 5,28,242 are active cases as of now, while 10,205,82 patients have been recuperated so far, according to the Union Health Ministry. The death toll rose to 34,968 with 775 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
Maharashtra reported a surge of 9,211 new cases on Wednesday, as the State’s total case tally rose past the 4 lakh mark to reach 4,00,651. With 298 new deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the total death toll rose to 14,463. The state’s active caseload stand at 1,46,129 while the total recoveries increased by 2,39,755 said State Health Department officials.
“Till date, of 20,16,934 laboratory samples, 4,00,651 (19.87%) have tested positive with nearly 48,000 samples being tested across the State in 24 hours,” said State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate in a media statement. The recovery rate had risen to 59.84% while the case fatality rate had marginally reduced to 3.61% in Maharashtra, he added. The state government on Wednesday issued directions to extend the lockdown, with amendments, to operationalise ‘Mission Begin Again’ for easing of restrictions and phase-wise opening, till 31 August.
Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, as 6,426 more persons tested positive for the disease. This took the State’s overall case tally to 2,34,114, of which 57,490 were active cases. Another 82 persons, including two women in their twenties, died in the State, taking the toll to 3,741.
Meanwhile, Andra Pradesh has reported a huge spike of 10,093 new COVID infections and 65 deaths during the past 24 hours as of Wednesday morning. The total confirmed cases in the state surged to 1,20,390 and the death toll rose to 1,213. There are 63,771 active cases in the state as of now, and with 2,784 new recoveries, a total of 55,406 patients (46%) have recovered so far.
As the nation enters the Unlock 3 phase the Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that gymnasiums and yoga institutes will be allowed to open from August 5 and night curfew will be ended, as a part of the procedure. Educational institutions, metro rail services and cinema halls are entailed to remain shut.