India’s COVID-19 tally zoomed past 13 lakh on Saturday, just two days after it crossed the 12-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry.
With 48,916 fresh cases, the country’s coronavirus infection tally surged to 13,36,861, while the death count rose to 31,358 with 757 more people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours, it said.
There are currently 4,56,071 active cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Meanwhile, the country’s COVID-19 testing hit record high of 4.20 lakh samples in a day, the highest ever, the Union Health Ministry said , crediting the increase in number of labs for the achievement.
India had only one lab for testing samples for the disease in January but it has now increased the number to 1,301, including private labs. The Health Ministry said revised guidelines by ICMR and all-round efforts by states also aided in widespread testing.
Here are the Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases:
Uttrakhand reported 224 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the total cases in the state to 5,962.
According to the Uttrakhand health department, the state has 2,365 active cases, with 3,495 recoveries and 38 migrations. As many as 63 people have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the state so far.
The state health department also informed that the doubling rate of the viral infection, reported in the past seven days, is 20.81 days. The percentage of recovery for COVID-19 patients in the state is 58.63 per cent.
North Korean authorities have imposed a lockdown on the border city of Kaesong after discovering what they called the country’s first suspected case of the novel coronavirus, state media reported Sunday.
Leader Kim Jong Un convened an emergency politburo meeting on Saturday to implement a “maximum emergency system and issue a top-class alert” to contain the virus, official news agency KCNA said.
If confirmed, it would be the first officially recognised COVID-19 case in the North where medical infrastructure is seen as woefully inadequate for dealing with any epidemic.
A 65-year-old man died due to COVID-19 in Assam on Saturday, taking the death toll to 77, while the state’s tally crossed the 31,000-mark after 1,165 fresh cases were reported, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
The total number of COVID-19 cases reached 31,086 from Friday’s 29,921. Of the fresh cases, 353 are from Guwahati and 100 from Golaghat.
The man, who was from Nagaon, died at Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH), the minister said.
“Very sad to share that another #COVID19 patient, of Nagaon, succumbed to his infection today. He was admitted at GMCH. I feel extremely sorry for this loss to the family. Condolences,” Mr Sarma tweeted.
The minister advised people to follow the necessary precautions strictly to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Maharashtra on Saturday reported 9,251 new COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative count in the state to 3,66,368 while fatalities mounted by 257, including 116 in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), to 13,389, the state Health department said.
A record number of 7,227 patients were discharged in the day, taking the count of recovered cases to 2,07,194.
Maharashtra now has 1,45,785 active cases.
A total of 18,36,920 people have been tested so far for COVID-19, the department said.