COVID-19 Updates: With Approximately 6 Lakh Tests, India Reports 61,537 New Cases

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On the 8th of August, Indian Health Ministry confirmed 61,537 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.

With the new biggest spike for the second consecutive day, India reported 2.08 millions or 20,088,611 cases.

According to the Ministry of Home and Family Welfare (MoHFW,) website, India has 6,19,088 active cases, 14,27,005 are recovered/discharged cases and 61,537 deceased.

Despite the everyday rise of the minimum 50,000 cases, India is performing better in terms of recovery. With 48,900 recovery cases, India’s recovery rate increased to 68.32 % from the previous 67.62 %. However, the average growth of infection is highest in India at 3%.

This is the 10th consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000 with consistent increase in recovery rate.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) a total of 2,21,49,351 samples have been tested till the 8th of August.

In the past 24 hours, India conducted a total of 6,64,949 sample tests.

Two states showing the biggest single day hike in the COVID-19 cases are Maharashtra and Andhra pradesh.

Meanwhile the Health Ministry asked 16 districts, which reported 17% of active cases and have the high mortality rate of the Novel Coronavirus to take preventive measures and control the deaths.

On the 7th of August, Rajesh Bhushan, the Union Health Ministry Secretary met the officials of 16 districts and directed the officials to follow guidelines issued by the Central Government.

The 16 districts reporting highest fatalities are:

Ahmedabad and Surat in Gujarat, Belagavi, Bengaluru urban, Kalaburagi and Udupi in Karnataka, Chennai, Kanchipuram, Ranipet, Theni, Thiruvallur, Tiruchirappalli, Tuticorin and Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad and Medchal-Malkajgiri in Telangana.

The issued statement for the aforementioned districts read, “The states were advised to ensure optimum capacity utilisation of testing labs, increase tests per million population and reduce confirmation percentage, in addition to ensuring timely availability of ambulances with target zero refusal.”

On the other hand, four most affected states by total tally of active cases are Maharashtra (1,45,582,) followed by Andhra Pradesh (84, 654,) Karnataka (77,685,) and Tamil Nadu (52, 759.)

Stay tuned for further updates.


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