India Covid Tally Crosses 60 Lakh With 82,170 New Cases; 1,039 Deaths

Elias Hubbard
September 28, 2020

India's COVID-19 tally sprinted past 59 lakh on Saturday with 85,362 fresh cases being recorded in a day, while the death toll mounted to 93,379 after 1,089 people succumbed to the disease in 24 hours.

As per the Ministry, the total case tally in the country stands at 59,03,933 including 9,60,969 active cases, 48,49,585 cured/discharged/migrated and 93,379 deaths.

The Ministry of Health said, "India has witnessed a very high level of more than 90,000 recoveries every day recently". Till now, the country has conducted more than 7 crore tests (7,19,67,230).

Total recoveries surged to 48,49,584, pushing the country's recovery rate to 82.14 percent. Karnataka reported 9,543 new cases, its highest count in 11 days while Tamil Nadu recorded its highest single-day tally in 22 days of 5,791, although the rise was modest over previous days.

India became the second country after the USA to register 6 million Covid-19 cases on Sunday, amid signs that the pandemic could finally be slowing down in the country, at least for now. This was the second straight week of decline in cases, and the sharpest yet. "According to news reports, hours before announcing the national lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told owners and editors from India's largest media organisations that it was important to tackle the spread of pessimism, negativity, and rumour", the journal said. It said 36 per cent of deaths reported on Sunday are from Maharashtra at 380 deaths followed by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with 80 and 79 deaths, respectively. West Bengal replaced Andhra Pradesh in the list of country's top five states with highest deaths. "With the exponential increase in the recoveries, there is close to 100 per cent increase in recovered cases in one month", it said.

In the past week, almost one in every three new infections reported in the world and one in every five reported coronavirus deaths came from India, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. However, with heavy rain for the last few days, Assam is experiencing its third wave of flood this year. Polling for the first phase of election of the sarpanch and panch in 947 gram panchayats started today morning.

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