India’s covid tally breaches 6 million mark; Many states see surge in new cases

September 28, 2020 0 By FM

India registered 82,7667 fresh COVID cases on Sunday taking the infection tally past 6 million mark. The total caseload currently stands at 60,733,48 of which 9,635,51 cases are active and 50,13,367 recovered.  The country has seen 95,574 succumbed to the infection so far, as per the data from the Union Health Ministry. The nation saw 74,679 recoveries and as 1,040 deaths during the day.

Maharashtra and Kerala have registered bigger surge in new cases on Sunday. While Maharashtra, the most affected state, saw a spike of 18,056 new COVID-19 cases int he past 24 hours, Kerala registered 7,445 cases on Sunday taking the case tally to 1,75,385. There are 56710 active cases as of now in Kerala. With 3,391 more patients testing negative during the day the total recoveries have climbed to 1,17,917. The state added 21 deaths taking the overall fatalities to 678.

Maharashtra’s total tally has gone up to 13,39,232 at present. Of this, 2,73,228 are active cases as of now. With 380 more deaths on Sunday, the death toll in the State has climbed to 35,571. As many as 13,565 patients were discharged, taking the cumulative recoveries to 10,30,015.

In response to the current worsening trend seen in the daily COVID cases reported in Kerala, the state health minister KK Shailaja has warned that if people in the state are not ready to follow the safety protocols the officials will be forced to bring back the restrictions. 

“Kerala is trying its best to prevent another lockdown, however, if COVID-19 transmission continues to surge as has been happening in the past few days, the State may not have other options, “ Health Minister K.K. Shylaja said on Sunday.

The State had managed to keep disease transmission down all these months. However, the test positivity had gone up to 12% now followed by Onam and violent political protests that took place recently.

 If people maintained more vigil and observed all COVID-19 safety protocols strictly in the coming days, disease transmission could be held down, she said.

About 80% of those who died in Kerala had co-morbidities and age-wise, 72 % of the deaths had occurred amongst those aged above 70. However, 28% of the deceased were in the younger age group.

“Of a total 65,65,649 laboratory samples tested thus far, 13,39,232 (20.40%) have returned positive with more than 90,000 samples across the State being tested in the last 24 hours. The State’s recovery rate has risen to 76.91%,” State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate said, adding that the State’s case fatality rate was currently 2.66%.

Worldwide more than 32.85 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 992,470 have died, according to a Reuters tally