India reports 61,537 new cases in 24 hours

A total of 61,537 new coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours in India, which took the overall caseload to 20,88,611, while the death toll increased to 42,518 with 933 fresh fatalities, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

The number of active cases stood at 619,088, while 14,27,005 corona patients have recovered so far, including 48,900 discharged from various hospitals and quarantine centres in the past 24 hours, the Ministry said.

As many as 5,98,778 samples were tested for virus infection in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative samples tested up to August 7 to 2,33,87,171.

So far, 1,396 operational laboratories are reporting to the Indian Council of Medical Research, including 936 government and 460 private labs.

Out of 1,396 labs, real-time RT PCR for COVID-19 is being carried out at 711 labs.

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh have recorded the highest cases among all states.

Maharashtra has 1,45,889 active cases, with 3,27,281 recovery cases. The state has reported 17,092 deaths so far.

Tamil Nadu has 52,759 active cases and 2,27,575 recoveries. As many as 4,690 patients have succumbed to the deadly virus so far in the southern state.

Andhra Pradesh has 84,654 active cases whereas 1,20,464 patients have recovered and another 1,842 lost their lives to the deadly virus.

Karnataka has 77,694 active cases though 84,232 COVID-19 patients have recovered so far. A total of 2,998 patients have lost their lives.

Meanwhile, Globally, COVID-19 cases have crossed the 1.92 crore-mark. The US now has 49 lakh coronavirus cases while Brazil has 29 lakh. India follows in the third place.

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 19.2 million, while the deaths have increased to over 719,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 19,295,350 and the fatalities rose to 719,805, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 4,940,939 and 161,328, respectively, according to the CSSE. Brazil came in the second place with 2,962,442 infections and 99,572 deaths.