India’s Covid count crosses 62 lakh, over 80,000 cases in 24 hours

India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 61-lakh mark on Tuesday with a spike of 70,589 new cases and 776 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The country’s Covid count stands at 61,45,292 including 9,47,576 active cases, according to the Union health ministry.

Average weekly Covid-19 cases are declining in most high-burden states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, but the situation is different in Kerala and Chhattisgarh where cases have been increasing steadily over the past few weeks, the health ministry said.

On Tuesday, daily coronavirus cases in India dropped below 75,000 and less than 1,000 deaths were reported in a day after nearly a month. India’s recovery rate is 83.01 per cent, the highest in the world. The fatality rate, on the other hand, is 1.57 per cent.

Meanwhile, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Releasing a statement, the office of the Vice President said that Naidu underwent a Covid-19 test today morning. As per reports, Naidu is asymptomatic and in home quarantine.

Tamilnadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said in a tweet, “I learnt that Honourable Vice President Shri.Venkaiah Naidu @MVenkaiahNaidu ji is on a home quarantine. Wishing him all strength to cross this phase with grit and confidence. My concerns and prayers will be with him.”

DMK president M K Stalin tweeted, “I wish Hon’ble
@MVenkaiahNaidu a speedy recovery from #COVID19 and safe return to good health.”