With single day spike of over 86k cases, India’s Covid count crosses 58 lakh

Over 58 lakh coronavirus cases have been detected so far in India, with 86,052 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll from the virus has reached 92,290, as per the latest update from health ministry.

Though the number of deaths appears to be small in comparison to the number of cases, India’s per day deaths is one of the highest in the world. On the brighter side, active cases in India are falling rapidly and the number of daily recoveries has exceeded the number of cases that are being registered, indicating that the country’s recovery rate is rising rapidly. India’s fatality rate is also one of the lowest in the world, the health ministry said earlier.

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that 75 per cent of new cases of coronavirus in the country are concentrated in 10 States and Union Territories so as 74 per cent of new recoveries.

In a tweet, the Ministry said: “75 per cent of new cases in the country are concentrated in 10 States/UTs. 10 States/UTs also account for 74 per cent of new recoveries. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are among these, reporting higher number of recoveries and new COVID-19 cases too.”

The health ministry on Friday said India has managed to conduct 13.80 lakh tests in the past 24 hours — the highest tests conducted in a single day so far. “India climbs another historic peak of more than 13 lakh tests. More than 13.80 lakh tests done in the last 24 hours,” said the health ministry on Twitter.

In Karnataka, the BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government has directed its officials to increase RT-PCR testing – considered the gold standard for COVID-19 detection – across the state.

The decision was taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on “effective testing, tracing, treatment and surveillance” to bring the COVID-19 outbreak under control during a meeting with chief minister of seven states, including Karnataka, that have the highest coronavirus cases in the country.