Alarming! 13,586 cases recorded in 24 hours: Biggest single day jump ;India accounts for 3.80 lakh cases

India has reported 13,586 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours in the biggest one-day spike. Government data shows the highly infectious disease has claimed 336 lives in the last 24 hours. The total cases in the country stands at 3,80,532 out of which 12,573 have died till now. 

The number of recoveries crossed the two lakh mark and stands at 2,04,710, while there are 1,63,248 total Covid-19 active cases, according to the updated official figure at 8 am. The recovery rate is 53.79 per cent.

“Thus, around 53.79 per cent of patients have recovered so far,” an official said. The total number of confirmed cases include foreigners.

The country has witnessed a surge of 1,89,997 infections from June 1 till 19 with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh among the top five states that have seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. According to ICMR, a cumulative total of 64,26,627 samples have been tested up to June 18. A total of 1,76,959 samples have been tested on Thursday, the highest number of tests done on a day so far.

Out of the 336 deaths reported on June 19, 100 were in Maharashtra, 65 in Delhi, 49 in Tamil Nadu, 31 in Gujarat, 30 in Uttar Pradesh, 12 each in Karnataka and West Bengal, 10 in Rajasthan, six in Jammu and Kashmir, five in Punjab, four each in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, three in Telangana, two in Andhra Pradesh and one each in Assam, Jharkhand and Kerala.

India is now the fourth worst hit nation by Covid-19. According to the Johns Hopkins University, which has been compiling Covid-19 data from all over the world, India is at the eighth position in terms of the death toll.

— In Tamil Nadu, 52,334 people have tested coronavirus positive till date, of which 23,065 are under treatment. 28,641 people have recovered, and 625 people have died due to the disease. On June 18, 2,141 new cases were reported.

— Karnataka has reported 7,944 coronavirus cases in total, and 2,843 people are under treatment. 4,983 patients have recovered, and the state has reported 114 deaths. A total of 210 new cases were reported in the state on June 18.

— Kerala has reported a total of 2,862 coronavirus positive patients, of which 1,343 are active. 1,503 people have recovered, and there have been 22 deaths. The state reported 97 new cases on June 18.

— Andhra Pradesh has reported 7,496 coronavirus cases, and 3,632 patients are still under treatment. 3,772 have recovered and 92 deaths have been reported. 425 new cases were reported on June 18.

— Telangana has reported 6,027 coronavirus cases till date, of which 2,531 people are still under treatment. 3,301 people have recovered and 195 have died. The state reported 353 new patients on June 18.

— Maharashtra has reported 1,20,504 cases, of which 53,915 are undergoing treatment. 60,838 patients have been discharged after recovery, and 5,751 succumbed to the disease. The state saw 3,752 new cases on June 18.

— No new case of novel coronavirus was registered in Mizoram in the last 24 hours, government sources said on Friday. According to a statement by the Department of Information and Public Relations, all 814 samples tested at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Thursday have reported negative for COVID-19.

— One more COVID-19 fatality was reported in Assam, taking the coronavirus death toll in the state to nine while 166 people including 25 from an army camp, tested positive pushing the tally to 4,861 on Thursday, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. One person died in Diphu Medical College and Hospital and this is the second death from Karbi Anglong district.

The Delhi government on Friday issued a statement needing the support of NGOs, CSOs, individual volunteers, NCC, NSS cadets etc for survey of suspected Covid-19 cases in Delhi. Taking to twitter chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Delhi will fight Corona together. I appeal to all NGOs and individuals to join in this effort on a large scale.”

More than 70 per cent deaths took place due to comorbidities, the Health Ministry said.

Maharashtra has reported maximum number of cases at 1,20,504 followed by Tamil Nadu at 52,334, Delhi at 49,979, Gujarat at 25,601, Uttar Pradesh at 15,181, Rajasthan at 13,857 and West Bengal at 12,735, according to the Health Ministry’s data. The number of Covid-19 cases has gone up to 11,426 in Madhya Pradesh, 9,218 in Haryana, 7,944 in Karnataka, 7,518 in Andhra Pradesh and 7,025 in Bihar. It has risen to 6,027 in Telangana, 5,555 in Jammu and Kashmir, 4,777 in Assam and 4,512 in Odisha. Punjab has reported 3,615 novel coronavirus cases so far, while Kerala has 2,794 cases.

Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Dr Balram Bhargava, has directed all States to ramp up testing for COVID-19 in containment zones and hospitals. 

The Maharashtra government told Bombay High Court on Friday that it had come up with a set of draft guidelines for providing medical safeguards to prison inmates across the state in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni told a bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta that prison authorities will conduct daily thermal screening for all inmates, and those who show symptoms of coronavirus will be quarantined.

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