India’s coronavirus tally crosses 13-lakh mark

Confirmed coronavirus infections continued to mount in India with the country’s total case tally climbing above the 13-lakh mark.

India added 48,916 fresh cases in 24 hours, taking the total tally to 13.36 lakh, according to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on July 24. Of these, more than 8.49 lakh have recovered.

Daily Covid-19 cases in the country inched closer to the 50,000 mark, with 49,000-plus fresh infections reported on Friday. The death toll also rose by a record 757 as the pandemic’s massive surge continued, with both fresh cases and deaths touching new peaks for the third day running.

The Union Govt has advised all States to keep up the strategy of aggressive testing, tracking & treatment which may lead to higher number of daily positive cases but would eventually achieve a decline as has been demonstrated after Union Govt’s efforts in Delhi.

A 30-year-old male, on Friday, became the first person to be administered the first dose of India’s indigenous COVID vaccine, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, one of the 12 sites selected to test the vaccine. The subject, who was monitored for two hours at the hospital, has been discharged and will be under medical supervision for the next two weeks, said doctors at AIIMS.

With 48,962 COVID-19 positive cases and 757 deaths on Friday, for the third consecutive day cases and deaths in India crossed the 45,000 and 750 marks. Total cases stood at 13,36,874, with more that one lakh cases added in just the last two days.

India reported over 45,000 new Covid-19 cases for the third day in a row, but the daily addition rate dipped from the record set on Friday.