India’s Covid-19 tally crosses 66-lakh mark

India’s Covid tally has surged past 66-lakh mark with a spike of 74,442 new cases & 903 deaths reported in last 24 hours.

According to latest statistics, the total case tally stands at 66,23,816 including 9,34,427 active cases.

Today is the 196th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown, to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 66,23,815 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,02,685 deaths. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have reported the highest number of cases. However, infections are rising rapidly in states like Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Yet, India’s recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 84.3 percent. ‘Unlock 5.0’ is underway. Globally, there have been over 3.5 crore confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 10.33 lakh people have died so far.

Nine states are conducting more than 1,000 Covid-19 tests per day per million population, according to the ministry. As of Sunday, a total of 7,99,82,394 tests had been conducted in the country with 989,860 samples on that day, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR’s) data.

The government has also credited massive testing across states for the country’s sustained low Covid-19 fatality rate (CFR). India had conducted the first test for the viral infection on January 23 at ICMR’s Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV). The country has now expanded its testing network by 1,751 laboratories, including those from the government and private sector.