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India has fifth highest COVID-19 fatalities globally

The seven day rolling average for deaths in India is now 735, next only to the U.S. (1,075) and Brazil (1,052). The case fatality rate in the country is now 2.18%, which is “among the lowest in the world.. 24 States and Union Territories have a lesser fatality rate than that of the country,” according to the Health Ministry OSD, Rajesh Bhushan.

As many as 54,660 confirmed cases were registered across the country, marking yet another high in daily cases (data from Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh were not available when this report went to press). The seven- day rolling average for cases also crossed the 50,000 mark. The total confirmed cases went up to 16,38,951 with a 64.58% recovery rate (10,58,464 people have recovered while 5,44,687 people are actively infected).

Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh registered 11,147 and 10,167 cases each, both daily highs. The latter had also tested 70,068 samples on July 29, among the highest in States. Karnataka with 6,128 cases and Uttar Pradesh (3,705) also had daily highs, while Tamil Nadu's daily case load dropped marginally from its seven day average to 5,864.

To a question on vaccine development and how the government plans to make this available to the general public, he said world over there are three vaccine candidates which are in phase III clinical trials.

Responding to a question on the proposed religious gathering at Ayodhya at a time when there is a ban on religious gatherings, Joint Secretary in the Minsitry Lav Agarwal noted that “SOPs issued for social gatherings during Unlock 2.0 would be applicable for the event”.

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