India’s COVID-19 tally past 16 lakh-mark; death toll tops 35,000

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New Delhi (NVI): The number of coronavirus cases in India reached 16,38,870 after 55,078 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours, the biggest one-day spike so far, Union Health Ministry said.

In addition to this, this is the first time that India crossed 55,000-mark in a single day.

Meanwhile, the country’s death toll stands at 35,747 with 779 fresh fatalities being reported during this period.

With this, India has now replaced Italy to reach at the fifth place in terms of the number of fatalities, according to World Health Organization (WHO).

So far, as many as 10,57,805 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged across the country.

In worst-hit Maharashtra, the COVID-19 cases increased to 4,11,798, followed by Tamil Nadu with 2,39,978 cases and Delhi with 1,34,403 positive cases.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of fatalities at 14,729.

The death toll in the national capital rose to 3,936, while 1,19,724 patients in Delhi have recovered so far, the healthy ministry data shows.

The other worst affected states in the country are Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and West Bengal.

According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the total number of COVID-19 samples tested up to July 30 is 1,88,32,970 which includes more than 6 lakh sample tests done in last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry iterated that herd immunity cannot be a strategic choice or option for the country, given its size of population.

-RJV