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India's Coronavirus Infection Count Crosses 30 Lakh, Death Toll Nears 57,000 after Highest Daily Spike

A health worker pulls a handcart to collect the body of a person who died of Covid-19 before cremation at the Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on Saturday. (AFP)

A health worker pulls a handcart to collect the body of a person who died of Covid-19 before cremation at the Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on Saturday. (AFP)

India is the third worst-hit nation in terms of cases after the United States and Brazil.

India's coronavirus tally crossed the 30-lakh mark on Saturday, just 16 days after it crossed 20 lakh, while the total number of recoveries rose to 22.71 lakh, according to data from states and union territories.

Data from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare updated on Saturday morning showed a record single-day spike of 69,874 infections, taking the caseload to 29,75,701, while the death toll climbed to 55,794 with 945 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.

But by Saturday night, a tally compiled as per information provided by the states and union territories showed India's caseload at 30,37,657, death toll at 56,762 and recoveries at 22,71,054.

India is the third worst-hit nation in terms of cases after the United States and Brazil.

The ministry said the total number of recoveries has surged to 22,22,577, pushing the recovery rate to 74.69% while the case fatality rate has declined to 1.87%. Recoveries exceeded active cases of the infection by more than 15 lakh.

India also crossed a significant milestone of testing more than 10 lakh samples in 24 hours on Friday, taking cumulative tests to 3,44,91,073, the ministry said on Saturday.

There are 6,97,330 active cases in the country, which comprises 23.43% of the total caseload.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said the country has been conducting on an average 8,89,935 tests in the last five days. It has tested 3,44,91,073 samples across the country till August 21.

India also has been testing around 74.7 people per lakh population, much higher than WHO's guidelines of testing 14 people per lakh population, the apex health research body said.

According to the ministry data, of the 945 fresh deaths, 339 are from Maharashtra, 101 from Tamil Nadu, 93 from Karnataka, 91 from Andhra Pradesh, 64 from Uttar Pradesh, 55 from West Bengal, 34 from Punjab, 15 from Jammu and Kashmir, 14 each from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, 13 from Delhi, 12 each from Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and 11 from Jharkhand.

Ten fatalities were reported from Odisha, nine from Goa, seven each from Haryana and Telangana, six each from Assam, Bihar and Puducherry, five from Uttarakhand, two each from Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, while the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ladakh and Tripura have registered one fatality each.

Of the total 55,794 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 21,698 followed by 6,340 in Tamil Nadu, 4,522 in Karnataka, 4,270 in Delhi, 3,092 in Andhra Pradesh, 2,867 in Gujarat, 2,797 in Uttar Pradesh, 2,689 in West Bengal and 1,185 in Madhya Pradesh.

So far, 991 people have died in Punjab, 933 in Rajasthan, 744 in Telangana, 593 in Jammu and Kashmir, 585 in Haryana, 498 in Bihar, 390 in Odisha, 297 in Jharkhand, 227 in Assam, 203 in Kerala and 192 in Uttarakhand.

Chhattisgarh has registered 180 deaths, Puducherry 143, Goa 135, Tripura 70, Chandigarh 33, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands 32, Himachal Pradesh 25, Manipur 20, Ladakh 19, Nagaland eight, Meghalaya six, Arunachal Pradesh five, Sikkim three and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two.

(With inputs from PTI)

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