Coronavirus | India registers world’s highest single-day rise of 78,761 cases; total tally breaches 35-lakh mark

India’s COVID-19 cases rose from 20 lakh to 30 lakh in 16 days and 10 lakh to 20 lakh in 21 days.

August 30, 2020 11:52 am | Updated 04:08 pm IST - New Delhi

A health worker collects swab sample of a child at a mobile testing van, in New Delhi. File

A health worker collects swab sample of a child at a mobile testing van, in New Delhi. File

A record single-day spike of 78,761 infections has pushed India’s COVID-19 tally to above 35 lakhs, with the death-toll crossing 63,000, Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 a.m. on Sunday showed.

This is the highest single-day spike for any country in the world. India beats its own record when it registered 77,266 infections on August 27, 2020 .

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According to Johns Hopkins University data, 77,255 new cases reported in the U.S. on July 17, 2020 was the previous high.

According to the University data India stands third in the number of cases after the U.S. and Brazil. In terms of deaths India is at fourth after the U.S., Brazil and Mexico.

Top 5 Highest single-day spikes, country-wise:

CountryNo. of casesDate
India78,761August 29
India77,266August 27
USA77,255March 21
Brazil69,074July 29
Chile36,179June 17
France26,849April 12

Source: JHU

Highest single-day spikes for other major countries:

CountryNo. of casesDate
Spain19,382August 24
China15,133February 13
Pakistan12,073June 14
Russia11,656May 11
Italy6,557March 21

Source: JHU

According to the Union Health Ministry, the recovery rate has increased to 76.61% while the COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.79%.

There are 7,65,302 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 21.60%of the total caseload, the data stated.

India’s COVID-19 cases rose from 20 lakh to 30 lakh in 16 days and 10 lakh to 20 lakh in 21 days.

It took 110 days for COVID-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh while just 59 days more to go past the 10-lakh post.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 and went past 30 lakh on August 23.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 4,14,61,636 samples have been tested up to August 29 with 10,55,027 samples being tested on Saturday.

Of the 948 fresh deaths, 328 are from Maharashtra, 115 from Karnataka, 87 from Tamil Nadu, 82 from Andhra Pradesh, 62 from Uttar Pradesh, 53 from West Bengal, 41 from Punjab, 22 from Madhya Pradesh, 16 from Jharkhand, 15 from Delhi, 14 from Odisha, 13 each from Gujarat and Rajasthan, 12 from Puducherry, 11 each from Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand.

Ten fatalities each have been reported from Telangana, nine from Haryana, seven from Jammu and Kashmir, six from Kerala, four each from Ladakh and Tripura, three each from Assam, Goa and Bihar, two from Andaman and Nicobar Islands while Himachal Pradesh and Manipur have registered one fatality each.

Of the total 63,498 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 24,103 followed by 7,137 in Tamil Nadu, 5,483 in Karnataka, 4,404 in Delhi, 3,796 in Andhra Pradesh, 3,356 in Uttar Pradesh, 3,126 in West Bengal, 2,989 in Gujarat,and 1,348 in Punjab.

So far, 1,345 people have died of COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,030 in Rajasthan, 818 in Telangana, 685 in Jammu and Kashmir, 670 in Haryana, 561 in Bihar, 470 in Odisha, 397 in Jharkhand, 289 in Assam, 280 in Kerala, 262 in Chhattisgarh and 250 in Uttarakhand.

Puducherry has registered 211 fatalities, Goa 178, Tripura 98, Chandigarh 45, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 44, Himachal Pradesh 34, Ladakh 32, Manipur 28, Meghalaya 10, Nagaland nine, Arunachal Pradesh five, Sikkim three and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

(With PTI inputs)

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