India’s Covid-19 tally rises to 20,88,612

India recorded 61,537 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 933 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry, even as 16 districts in four states were asked to ramp up measures to control high mortality rates.

The country’s infection rally is now 2,088,611 and 1,427,005 patients of the coronavirus disease have been cured across the country, 48,900 between Friday and Saturday morning, taking the recovery rate to 68.32%.

Covid-19 cases in India crossed the 20 lakh mark on Friday after a record 62,538 cases were added in the last 24 hours, even as two-third of the total patients have also recovered. India reported 3,28,903 new Covid cases in the first six days of August, emerging as the world’s biggest Covid-19 hotspot in August. The deaths toll in the country now stands at 41,585.

Five states with the highest test positivity rate (TPR) – percentage of tested people turning out to be positive for Covid-19 infection (by cumulative data for tests and cases) – are Maharashtra (19.25%), Telangana (13.85%), Delhi (12.63%), Puducherry (10.25%), and Karnataka (10.01%). Five most affected states by total tally of cases are Maharashtra (490,262), Tamil Nadu (279,144), Andhra Pradesh (206,000), Karnataka (158,254), and Delhi (142,723).

India’s daily cases have been the highest in the world on four of the six days of this month — August 2, 3, 5 and 6. India’s caseload crossed the 2 million (20 lakh) mark on Thursday, with the fastest rise in cases from 1 million to 2 million among the three countries that have reached the grim milestone so far. India’s infection growth rate of 3.1% was also higher than the US and Brazil at the 2 million stage.

“Test, track, treat – effective implementation by the Centre and States/UTs has ensured that India has one of lowest Covid-19 cases and deaths per million population compared to several other countries,” the government said on Friday.

It also said that India has continued testing more than six lakh samples for the third consecutive day in a row. “India’s resolve to rapidly increase the number of tests done per day has resulted in a successful march towards 10 lakh/day testing capacity with 6,64,949 tests conducted in the last 24 hours,” a government release said.

The government is considering the proposal for a physical Parliament Monsoon session despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariates have given some suggestions to the government for the physical session following which the Centre will soon take the final decision regarding it.