Coronavirus cases in India decline after record recoveries

With 60,975 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 31,67,323, while recoveries surged to 24,04,585 pushing the recovery rate over 75.92 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The total active cases in India declined by 6,423 after a record 66,550 patients were cured in a day on Monday. The phase 2 human clinical trial of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the country by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) is set to begin from Tuesday.

Serum Institute of India has partnered with British-Swedish pharma company AstraZeneca for manufacturing the Covid-19 vaccine candidate, developed by the University of Oxford.

Five most affected states by total tally of cases are Maharashtra (693,398), Tamil Nadu (385,352), Andhra Pradesh (361,712), Karnataka (283,665), and Uttar Pradesh (192,382).

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Assembly Speaker Chand Gupta and two other MLAs have tested positive for Covid-19. Legendary sprinter and 8-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt on Monday said he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

As many as 23,811,693 people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. While more than 16,347,833 have recovered, 816,534 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 5,914,682 cases. It is followed by Brazil, which has 3,627,217.

The Karnataka government on August 24 issued revised guidelines for inter-state travellers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A host of relaxations were introduced to the inter-state travel guidelines, including no mandatory 14-day quarantine, no registration on Seva Sindhu portal, and no hand stamping for incoming travellers.