A municipal worker in protective gear cremates the body of a COVID-19 victim at a crematorium in Karad, September 4, 2020. Photo: PTI.
New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 tally of cases went past 41 lakh with a record 90,632 people being infected in a day. India is the third country in the world to cross the 41 lakh mark after the USA and Brazil.
According to the Johns Hopkins global COVID-19 tracker, Brazil is at the second worst-affected spot with 4,123,000 people infected. India is a close second with the total number of cases rising to 4,113,811. The US has recorded 6,244,970 cases.
India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and it went past 40 lakh on September 5.
India is, however, headed well into stage four of its ‘Unlock’ procedure after a long and stringent lockdown. Metro rail services, among others, will be fully operational across the country by September 12. The NEET and JEE public exams, involving several lakhs of students, will be held in September as well.
A little over 31.8 lakh people have recovered so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 77.32% on Sunday, according to Union health ministry data.
India’s death toll climbed to 70,626 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 1,065 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection has further declined to 1.72%. However, systemic problems in registering deaths in India, various disparities between state and hospital data, along with undercounting and undiagnosed deaths, make the case fatality rate a poor indicator of the state of things.
There are 8,62,320 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 20.96% of the total caseload, the data stated.
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 4,88,31,145 samples have been tested up to September 5 with 10,92,654 samples being tested on Saturday.
(With PTI inputs)