India’s COVID-19 deaths top 80,000

A medical worker, checks an oxygen cylinder before transferring COVID-19 patient from the emergency ward to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Bihar, India, 27 July 2020.
A medical worker, checks an oxygen cylinder before transferring COVID-19 patient from the emergency ward to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Bihar, India, 27 July 2020.Reuters file photo
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India has lost 80,776 people to the coronavirus till date, Health Ministry data revealed on Tuesday that also showed a spike of 83,809 new cases in the past 24 hours.

With 1,054 deaths India now has a toll that is barely 5,000 short of total COVID-19 cases reported in China, the ground zero of the virus that turned into a pandemic since the first case was reported in Wuhan in December 2019.

China has so far recorded only 85,202 cases while India that reported its first COVID-19 case on 30 January, now has 49,30,236 cases, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Out of the total cases, 990,061 are the active, 3,859,399 have been discharged, while 79,292 were cured in the past one day.

While the recovery rate is 78 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.64 per cent.

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On 17 July, India had logged 1 million cases, which then doubled to 2 million in 20 days, on 7 August. The country added another 1 million on 23 August and went past 4 million on 5 September.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with a total of 1,060,308 cases, including 29,531 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 1,072,845 sample tests in a single day on Monday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 58,312,273.

The US is the only nation worse hit than India with 6,553,303 cases and 194,489 deaths so far.

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