India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 3.3 lakh
NEWDELHI, 15th Jun: India's COVID-19 tally rose further on Monday to cross 3.3 lakh and the death toll surpassed 9,500 even as the central and state governments stepped up their focus on ramping up testing capabilities and availability of beds for treating those infected with the dreaded virus infection.
In its morning update, the Union Health Ministry said the number of confirmed cases across the country has risen to 3,32,424 after 11,502 new cases were recorded in 24 hours since Sunday 8 AM, while the death toll rose by 325 in this period to 9,520.
These include nearly 1.53 active cases, as close to 1.7 lakh have recovered already to give a recovery rate of over 51 per cent, the ministry said.
However, a PTI tally of figures announced by different states and UTs showed the nationwide death toll having risen further to 9,733 as of 9.45 PM, while it also showed the total number of confirmed cases having risen to close to 3.33 lakh.
Several other states also announced plans for ramping their testing infrastructure and the number of beds for COVID-19 patients.
In Telangana, the state government allowed private labs to conduct COVID-19 tests, while fixing the charges at Rs 2,200. It also fixed the fees for treatment in private hospitals.
The Karnataka government also said private hospitals would be roped in to treat COVID-19 patients and uniform rates across the state would be fixed for everything from testing to treatment at those institutions. Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, announced that classes for 9-12 standards would begin from July 1, except for in the red zone areas, while classes for 6-8 standards would begin in August.
The state also saw suburban train services in Mumbai, known as the city's lifeline, resuming after nearly three months, but only for ferrying people engaged in essential services.
Among other states and UTs, new cases were also detected across Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
India is the world's fourth worst hit nation by the novel coronavirus infection in terms of total number of confirmed cases after the US, Brazil and Russia, as per the online COVID-19 tracker of Johns Hopkins University. In terms of the number of deaths, India is ranked ninth after the US, Brazil, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico and Belgium.
India is ranked sixth with regard to the number of recoveries, after the US, Brazil, Russia, Italy and Germany.
Globally, nearly 80 lakh people have tested positive for the virus ever since it was first reported in China last December, while more than 4.34 lakh have lost their lives. However, nearly 38 lakh have recovered too worldwide.