Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India's Covid-19 tally breached 54.87 lakh with a spike of 86,961 new cases and 1,130 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total case tally stands at 54,87,581 including 10,03,299 active cases. The number of cured, discharged or migrated patients stands at 43,96,399 while the death toll has risen to 87,882, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The positivity rate saw a big jump and is now 11.88 percent. Meanwhile, French health authorities reported 10,569 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, down from the previous day's record increase of 13,498. The number of French deaths from the disease rose by 12 over the preceding 24 hours to 31,585, the health ministry said. The cumulative number of confirmed cases now stands at 453,763, Reuters reported.
HERE ARE THE LIVE UPDATES ON CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:
◕ Steep Decline in Covid-19 Testing | 7,31,534 Covid-19 samples were tested on Sunday. With this, the total number of samples tested so far stands at 6,43,92, 594, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said today. Notably, the testing numbers across the country witnessed a steep decline on Sunday. Testing has dropped continuously over the last week, resulting in the fall in the number of fresh cases. The positivity rate has now climbed to 11.88 percent.
◕ Haryana on Sunday reported 29 more fatalities, its highest single-day toll linked to COVID-19, pushing the count to 1,149 while 2,305 fresh cases raised the infection tally to 1,11,257 in the state, according to a bulletin. Of the fresh fatalities, three each were reported from Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Karnal and Ambala; two each from Faridabad, Sonipat, Hisar, Panchkula and Yamunanagar while a death each was recorded in Rohtak, Gurugram, Mahendragarh, Kaithal, Fatehabad, Nuh and Bhiwani districts, according to the state health department's daily bulletin.
◕ Today's Data Highlights
- India's recovery rate crosses 80% (80.1%)
- Fall in active cases for three consecutive days
- Maharashtra also reports a decline in active cases for three days in a row. In Andhra active cases have been falling for 10 days now
- Global cases per million population cross the 4k mark (4007/million)
- Uttar Pradesh's recovery rate is now 80%
- Deaths in Karnataka cross 8,000- mark
◕ Kailash Satyarthi Fears Upsurge in Child Labour as Pandemic Shrivels Economy | For four decades Indian Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi rescued thousands of children from the scourge of slavery and trafficking but he fears all his efforts could reverse as the coronavirus pandemic forces children into labour."The biggest threat is that millions of children may fall back into slavery, trafficking, child labour, child marriage," Satyarthi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his work to combat child labour and child trafficking in India, was quoted as saying by Reuters.
◕ Mainland China Reports 12 New COVID-19 Cases vs 10 a Day Earlier | Mainland China reported 12 new COVID-19 cases on Sept. 20, up from 10 cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Monday, Reuters reported. The National Health Commission said in a statement all new cases were imported infections involving travellers from overseas. It also reported 25 new asymptomatic infections, up from 21 a day earlier, though China does not classify these symptomless patients as confirmed COVID-19 cases. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in mainland China now stands at 85,291.