Coronavirus cases in India surge to 11,18,043; death toll at 27,497

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 20, 2020

The highest single-day spike in cases comes a day after Dr VK Monga, the Chairman of IMA Hospital Board of India claimed that community spread of deadly virus has started in India and the situation is quite worsening.

The biggest increases reported on Saturday were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report.

More than half the States and Union Territories, including COVID-19 hotspots Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, have not yet decided on a date for reopening schools, the Centre was told at a meeting this week.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with the chief ministers of Bihar, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the respective states.

But Friday saw India join the USA and Brazil in passing 1 million cases of coronavirus. The death toll has gone up to 26,816 with 543 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.

Efforts to contain the virus have seen authorities impose fresh lockdowns and designated new containment zones, but some areas have struggled to keep people indoors. On June 8, the city had recorded 1,007 cases.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi is now 1,22,793. The death toll due to the disease is 3,628, according to the latest Delhi health department bulletin.

The state has witnessed a spike in coronavirus cases with the number of total positive cases jumping to 26,379 on July 19 from 10,075 infections on July 1.

The three-member team sent by the Union health ministry is being led by Luv Agarwal, who is a joint secretary in the ministry.

The state is implementing weekend shutdown, joining Tamil Nadu and Karnataka where a Sunday lockdown has been enforced this month.

The number of new cases of coronavirus rose by nearly 260,000 in 24 hours - the largest single-day increase since the pandemic began, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

In Britain, which has the tenth highest number of infections, some 294,066 people have tested positive for Covid-19 and 45,273 have died.

That's according to a tally compiled from government reports by Reuters.

With these fresh cases, the total number of infected persons in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 13,899.

A study conducted jointly by researchers at IIT-Bhubaneswar and the AIIMS has shown that the spread of Covid-19 may pick up pace during peak monsoon and winter with a fall in the mercury.

Nepal reported 156 new coronavirus cases, taking the national tally to 17,658. Active COVID-19 cases stand at 3,73,379; 6,77,422 people have recovered so far in the country.

India became the third country in the world to record more than one million cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, behind only the USA and Brazil.

The gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases has further increased to 3,04,043.

Last week India overtook Russian Federation as the world's third-most-infected COVID-19 country. "With a total of 1,37,91,869 samples tested, the testing per million (TPM) is close to 10,000", stated the ministry.

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