India's death toll crosses 50,000|Global COVID19 cases cross 21.5 million

With 57,981 new cases, India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 26,47,663 on Monday, while the death toll due to the disease crossed the 50,000-mark with 941 fresh fatalities, according to the Union health ministry.

The number of people who have recovered from the disease went up to 19,19,842 in the country, pushing the recovery rate to 72.51 per cent, according to health ministry data updated at 8 am.

The number of tests for detection of COVID-19 also crossed the three crore-mark in the country, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 50,921 with 941 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours.

The case fatality rate has declined to 1.92 per cent.

There are 6,76,900 active COVID-19 cases in the country currently.

According to the ICMR, a total of 3,00,41,400 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the country till August 16, including 7,31,697 on Sunday.

Of the 941 fresh deaths, 288 were in Maharashtra, 125 in Tamil Nadu, 116 in Karnataka, 88 in Andhra Pradesh, 56 in Uttar Pradesh, 51 in West Bengal, 41 in Punjab, 20 in Gujarat, 16 in Jharkhand, 15 in Jammu and Kashmir, 14 in Rajasthan, 11 each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, 10 each in Kerala, Odisha, Haryana and Telangana, eight in Delhi and seven each in Chhattisgarh and Assam.

Six fatalities were reported from Goa, four each from Puducherry, Ladakh, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Tripura, three from Manipur and a death each was recorded in Chandigarh and Uttarakhand.

Of the total 50,921 deaths, Maharashtra accounts for the maximum of 20,037, followed by Tamil Nadu (5,766), Delhi (4,196), Karnataka (3,947), Gujarat (2,785), Andhra Pradesh (2,650), Uttar Pradesh (2,449), West Bengal (2,428) and Madhya Pradesh (1,105).

So far, 876 people have died of COVID-19 in Rajasthan, 812 in Punjab, 703 in Telangana, 542 in Jammu and Kashmir, 538 in Haryana, 461 in Bihar, 343 in Odisha, 244 in Jharkhand, 189 in Assam, 156 in Kerala and 152 in Uttarakhand.

Chhattisgarh has registered 141 deaths due to the coronavirus, Puducherry 110, Goa 104, Tripura 59, Chandigarh 29, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands 28, Himachal Pradesh 19, Manipur 16 and Ladakh 14.

Nagaland has reported eight COVID-19 fatalities, Meghalaya six, Arunachal Pradesh five, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two and Sikkim one.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,” it said, adding that a state-wise distribution of the figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

Global COVID19 cases cross 21.5 million

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 21.5 million, while the deaths were nearing 774,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 21,598,893 and the fatalities rose to 773,934, 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 5,403,213 and 170,052, respectively, according to the CSSE. Brazil came in the second place with 3,340,197 infections and 107,852 deaths.

In terms of cases, India ranks third (2,589,682), and is followed by Russia (920,719), South Africa (587,345), Peru (525,803), Mexico (522,162), Colombia (468,332), Chile (385,946), Iran (343,203), Spain (342,813), the UK (320,343), Saudi Arabia (298,542), Argentina (294,569), Pakistan (288,717), Bangladesh (276,549), Italy (253,915), France (252,965), Turkey (249,309), Germany (225,007), Iraq (176,931), Philippines (161,253), Indonesia (139,549), Canada (124,004), Qatar (115,080), Kazakhstan (103,033), Ecuador (101,542) and Bolivia (100,344), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the Mexico (56,757), India (49,980), UK (46,791), Italy (35,396), France (30,410), Spain (28,617), Peru (26,075), Iran (19,639), Russia (15,653), Colombia (15,097), South Africa (11,839) and Chile (10,452).