India’s Covid-19 tally of cases passed 17 lakh on Saturday night, of which 11.1 lakh were reported in July alone, accounting for approximately 65.48 percent of the country ‘s overall confirmed viral infection.
Although between July 15 and 31, around 7.32 lakh new cases were reported, 19,111 deaths were also lost due to the disease in the past month, which is around 52.34 percent of the 36,511 deaths recorded so far.
According to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday at 8 am, the country reported 57,118 new cases of Covid-19 bringing the tally to 16,95,988 in 24 hours, while the death toll increased to 36,511 with 764 people succumbing to the disease in the same time span.
At the same time, the number of recoveries too surged to 10,94,374.
This was the third consecutive day that Covid-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000.
However, by the evening, a PTI tally of figures showed that India’s Covid-19 count has crossed the 17-lakh mark and the number of recoveries has gone past 11 lakh. The tally has been compiled with information provided by respective states and union territories.
The health ministry had announced in the morning that the country has 5,65,103 active cases of coronavirus infection. The rate of recovery among Covid-19 patients was estimated at 64.53 percent, while the rate of fatality had fallen further to 2.15 percent, the data show.
The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), cumulatively 1,93,58,659 samples have been tested up to July 31 with 5,25,689 of them on Friday.
Of the new 764 deaths reported on Saturday, 265 are from Maharashtra, 97 from Tamil Nadu, 84 from Karnataka, 68 from Andhra Pradesh, 45 from West Bengal, 43 from Uttar Pradesh, 27 from Delhi, 23 from Gujarat, 16 from Punjab, 14 each from Bihar and Telangana, 12 from Jammu and Kashmir and 11 from Rajasthan.
Ten fatalities have been reported from Madhya Pradesh, eight from Odisha, four each from Assam, Haryana and Uttarakhand, three each from Goa, Jharkhand, Kerala, two from Chhattisgarh while the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Manipur, and Puducherry registered one fatality each.
Of the total 36,511 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 14,994, followed by 3,963 in Delhi, 3,935 in Tamil Nadu, 2,441 in Gujarat, 2,314 in Karnataka, 1,630 in Uttar Pradesh, 1,581 in West Bengal, 1,349 in Andhra Pradesh and 867 in Madhya Pradesh, the data showed.
So far, 674 people have died of Covid-19 in Rajasthan, 519 in Telangana, 421 in Haryana, 386 in Punjab, 377 in Jammu and Kashmir, 296 in Bihar, 177 in Odisha, 106 in Jharkhand, 98 in Assam, 80 in Uttarakhand, 73 in Kerala, according to the health ministry data.
Chhattisgarh has registered 53 deaths, Puducherry 49, Goa 45, Tripura 21, Chandigarh 15, Himachal Pradesh 14, Ladakh seven, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Andaman and Nicobar Islands five each, Arunachal Pradesh three, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two and Sikkim one, the health ministry data showed.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.