India sees another daily record of Covid-19 cases, adds over 23,000 new infections

India saw another daily record in number of coronavirus cases, adding over 23,000 cases in the last 24 hours. India’s caseload stands at 649,708, while the death toll has touched 18,662.

Maharashtra reported another single-day highest increase in coronavirus cases on Friday with 6,364 new patients being detected, which took the case count in the state to 1,92,990. The death count due to the pandemic rose to 8,376 with 198 new deaths reported, a health department statement said.

Tamil Nadu, the second worst coronavirus hit state in the country, on Friday crossed the one lakh-mark as 4,329 people tested positive for the highly infectious virus in a day. With an addition of 64, the state’s death count stood at 1,385, government data said.

All districts in Kashmir division except one were on Saturday categorised as red zones to control the spread of Covid-19 infection.An order issued by B. V. R.Subrahmanyan, chairperson of the state executive committee for disaster management said that all districts of Kashmir division except Bandipora have been categorised as red zones.

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says “we need to put up a fight now” during a peak in the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic — rather than focusing on when a second wave might come.

Almost 30% of genome sequencing data from samples of the COVID-19 virus collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) have shown signs of mutation, but there is no evidence this has led to more severe disease, a top WHO official said on Friday.

“I think it’s quite widespread,” Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told Reuters on the sidelines of a briefing held by the U.N. journalists’ association ACANU in Geneva.

Amid the alarming rise in number of coronavirus cases, the central government has said that the recovery rate of coronavirus patients crossing 60 per cent in the country. The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients stands at 60.73 per cent, the government has said.

It further said that coordinated efforts at all levels of government for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing good results with a consistently increasing gap between recoveries and active cases. Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that it will launch the results of a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine by August 15.