India's COVID-19 tally today zoomed past 35 lakh, just a week after it crossed the 30-lakh mark. A record single-day spike of 78,761 cases were reported, while recoveries surged to 27.13 lakh according to latest data from Ministry of Health. The total coronavirus cases rose to 35.42 lakh while the death toll climbed to 63,498. In past 24 hours, 948 people succumbed to the disease.
The recovery rate has increased to 76.6% while the COVID-19 case fatality rate declined to 1.79%.
There are 7.65 lakh active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 21.60% of the total caseload, the data stated.
A significant feature of India’s management of Covid-19 cases is the growing rate of recovered patients. A higher number of patients are recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation, it highlighted.
Health minister Harsh Vardhan chaired a meeting of the group of ministers on Covid-19 on Saturday where he said that India has one of the lowest cases per million and deaths per million compared to the global average of 3,161 cases and 107.2 deaths, respectively.
The meeting was informed that as of Saturday, eight states - Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana - contribute to around 73% of the active caseload of the country.
Seven states - Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal - account for 81% of total Covid-19 deaths, the health ministry data revealed.
The government on Saturday issued COVID-19 guidelines for Unlock-4, which will come into effect from September 1. The Centre has decided to open more activities outside the containment zones.
Under the the Unlock 4 guidelines, metro trains will be allowed to resume services from September 7 in a graded manner, while political, social and religious congregations of up to 100 people will be permitted from September 21.
However, schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed for students till September 30, with some relaxations for students of classes 9 to 12.