India’s Covid-19 tally crosses 15 lakh, 781 die in 24 hours

 India’s Covid-19 caseload went past the 15-lakh mark on today, with the last 5 lakh cases having come in just 12 days, even as the country reported its second-biggest jump in infections and the highest death toll of 781 in a single day.

The total figure in the country currently stands at 15,24,168. Brazil is currently in the second spot with 2.4 million cases, preceded by the US, which has 4.2 million cases. Overall, 16.5 million people contracted the disease around the world, with 654,860 fatalities.

After showing a dip on Monday, fresh cases again rose to 49,292 on Tuesday, the second-highest daily count after Sunday’s record of over 50,000, as per data collated from state governments. Deaths recorded during the day went past the previous single-day high of 757 on July 24.

Meanwhile, a medical survey of nearly 7,000 people in Mumbai has found that one in six or about 16 per cent of residents in the city had contracted the coronavirus. In slum areas, where lakhs of people live in cramped spaces usually sharing toilets, the number was a whopping 57 per cent. Mumbai recorded 717 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, its lowest one-day rise in more than two months, taking the tally to 1,10,846, while 55 more patients died taking the total to 6,184, authorities said.

US deaths from the novel coronavirus rose by nearly 1,300 on Tuesday, the biggest one-day increase since May, according to a Reuters tally. California, Florida and Texas, the three most-populous states, reported one-day record spikes in deaths on Tuesday, together accounting for 584 of the 1,292 new deaths. Arkansas, Montana and Oregon also had one-day record increases in Covid-19 fatalities.

Madhya Pradesh Water Resources Minister Tulsi Silawat and his wife have tested coronavirus positive. The information was shared by the minister himself on his Twitter handle on Tuesday. In the tweet, he appealed to those who had come in his contact to get themselves tested.