Around 52,000 cases take national coronavirus tally to 18.55 lakh

Clay Curtis
August 5, 2020

India's COVID-19 infection tally crossed 19 lakh on Wednesday, two days after it crossed the 18-lakh mark, with 52,509 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus in a day, while the recoveries have climbed to 12,82,215, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

Currently, there are 917 labs in the government sector and 439 in the private sector for conducting Covid tests.

The recoveries have mounted to 12,82,215, the Ministry data showed.

Bhushan said that the case fatality rate (CFR) is lowest since the first lockdown.

"In its fight against COVID-19, India scales a new high of 6,61,715 tests in the last 24 hours", said the Health Ministry in a tweet.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with 4,41,228 cases and 15,576 deaths, of which 260 occurred in the last 24 hours.

Various steps taken by the central government have paved the way for enhanced testing for COVID-19, the health ministry had said earlier.

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The 18 to 25 age group and those below 18 years reported one per cent deaths each.

"A total of 11 per cent COVID-19 deaths took place in the age group of 26 to 44".

World Health Organization Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday that India has one of the lowest coronavirus testing rates in the world, PTI reported.

He added that many states have increased their testing capacity, both RT - PCR and Rapid Antigen tests and 24 States and UTs have more tests per million than the national average.

Replying to a question, he said, the coronavirus infection has spread to new areas in the country, but 82 per cent of the total cases are still limited to ten states and Union Territories. Maryland-based Novavax said its vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373, produced higher levels of the antibodies in healthy volunteers after two doses than those found in recovered COVID-19 patients, raising hopes for its eventual success.

Tuesday was the sixth consecutive day when over 50,000 fresh cases were detected across the country in a single day.

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