Covid-19 cases cross 1.10 lakh in India
NEWDELHI, 20th May: The nationwide COVID-19 tally crossed 1.1 lakh with over 5,000 new cases getting detected on Wednesday.
The Union Health Ministry said the recovery rate among those having tested positive has risen to nearly 40 per cent, from about 7 per cent before the lockdown began.
In its morning 8 AM update, the ministry said the COVID-19 death toll has risen to 3,303 after 140 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The number of cases across the country rose by more than 5,600 to reach 1,06,750.
However, a PTI tally of figures announced by different states and union territories, as of 9.15 PM, put the nationwide tally of confirmed cases at 1,10,590 and the death toll at 3,355. This showed 5,092 new cases since Tuesday night and 210 more fatalities, while the recoveries also increased by over 3,000 to 44,757.
During a press briefing on the COVID-19 situation, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said the total active COVID-19 cases now stands at 61,149 in the country and 42,298 people have recovered.
The current recovery rate stands at 39.62 per cent while it was 7.1 per cent at the beginning of lockdown, he added.
The nationwide lockdown was initially imposed for a 21-day period till April 14, but later got extended till May 3 in the second phase and then for another 14-day third phase till May 17. A two-week-long fourth phase is now underway till May 31, but with several restrictions having been relaxed to boost economic activities.
Maharashtra recorded 2,250 new coronavirus cases during the day, taking its tally to 39,297, while its toll rose to 1,390 after 65 more fatalities including 41 in Mumbai. This was the fourth consecutive day when the state reported more than 2,000 coronavirus cases.
Two policemen also died due to coronavirus infection in Mumbai, taking the number of police personnel who have died due to the pandemic in Maharashtra to 14, ten of them in Mumbai. At least 1,388 police personnel including 142 officers have tested positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra, 700 of them in Mumbai alone.
Tamil Nadu, another badly affected state by the infection, reported 743 new cases to take its tally to 13,191, but also announced nearly 1,000 recoveries. Of the new cases, the state government said, 83 were returnees from Maharashtra.
In the national capital, a record number of 534 new cases were detected to take Delhi's tally to over 11,000, while its death toll reached 176.
In West Bengal, three more COVID-19 deaths were reported, taking the state's death toll to 181. Besides, 142 fresh cases were recorded, pushing the total number of confirmed cases there to 3,103.
Madhya Pradesh reported 270 new cases and nine more deaths, taking the total case count to 5,735 and the death toll to 267. However, a four-month-old girl managed to successfully fight the dreaded infection and returned home from a Bhopal hospital after recovery.
Globally, over 49 lakh people have tested positive for the deadly virus infection since its emergence in China last December and more than 3 lakh have died.
While experts have said that a vaccine is still many months away, all eyes are on US-based company Moderna's encouraging early results on a small group of healthy volunteers.
Eight candidate vaccines for COVID-19 are in the clinical evaluation, while 110 are in the preclinical stage, according to the WHO's latest draft landscape.