Coronavirus cases in India near 12 lakh mark, record recoveries too

New coronavirus cases in India rose 37,724 in past 24 hours, pushing the total Covid-19 tally in India near 12 lakh mark today, while the total number of recoveries crossed 7.53 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The death toll due to the disease rose to 28,732 with 648 fatalities reported in one day. The data updated today showed that the total number of COVID-19 cases stands at 11,92,915.

The government has said the confirmation rate or positivity rate for India is continuously reducing and currently stands at 8.07%. There are 30 states and Union territories which have lower positivity rate than the national average, it said.

There have been 28,732 deaths in the country so far. India, the government has said, continues to have one of the lowest case fatality rates at 2.43% and it is consistently falling.

In a silver lining for Mumbai, it was the fifth time in the past one month when the daily positive cases stayed below 1,000. With the city reporting 992 cases on Tuesday, also lowest in seven days, the total cases in Mumbai were 1,03,368. The lowest infections the city has seen recently was on July 7 when 785 cases were reported.

The US Department of Justice on Tuesday (local time) convicted two Chinese nationals of spying charges for targeting computer networks of biotech firms around the world working on coronavirus vaccines, technology and treatments.

“Two Chinese hackers working with the Ministry of State Security charged with global computer intrusion campaign targeting intellectual property and confidential business information, including Covid-19 research,” the Department said.