India’s Covid count crosses 24 lakh with over 65,000 new cases

India has recorded 64,553 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 2,461,190 . With over 1,000 fatalities reported on Thursday, the country’s death toll surged to 48,144.  India, the third-most-affected country by total cases and fourth by death toll, has added 433,556 cases in the past 7 days alone.

The recovery rate improved to 70.77 per cent Thursday with the total number of patients recuperating from the virus reaching nearly 17 lakh, while the case fatality rate has further declined to 1.96 per cent, the Union health ministry said.

The coronavirus has infected more than 2.07 crore people across the world, according to the Johns Hopkins University. The worldwide toll has risen to 7,52,893. More than 1.29 crore people have recovered.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says the government will need a vaccine access strategy that is inclusive and equitable, ensuring availability, affordability and fair distribution.

In a tweet, he said, “India will be one of the COVID-19 vaccine-producing nations. It needs a clearly-defined, inclusive & equitable vaccine access strategy ensuring availability, affordability & fair distribution. GOI must do it now.”

The five most affected Indian states by total tally of cases are Maharashtra (560,126), Tamil Nadu (314,520), Andhra Pradesh (264,000), Karnataka (196,494), and Delhi (1,49,460). Coronavirus tally in West Bengal has crossed the 100,000-mark with 2,931 new infections. Mumbai, India’s financial capital, now has more Covid cases than Canada. Meanwhile, with 140,709 corona cases, Uttar Pradesh is catching up with Delhi, which at present is the fifth-worst-hit state in India.