COVID-19 | Top 10 developments in India this Saturday morning

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A huge spike of 61,537 new coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours has taken India’s tally to 20,88,611, the Union Health Ministry said this morning.

Here are the top 10 developments in India this morning:

1. A huge spike of 61,537 new coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours has taken India’s tally to 20,88,611, adding that over 14.27 lakh patients have recovered so far.

2. This is the fourth consecutive day that India recorded the highest number of fresh infections in a single day across the world, according to the data by the World Health Organization.

3. More than 42,000 deaths linked to the highly infectious disease have been recorded by India since the beginning of the pandemic; 933 patients died in the last 24 hours.

4. This is the second consecutive day that India has reported over 60,000 cases. The country has been reporting more than 50,000 fresh infections every day for more than a week.

5. In the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases were reported from five states – Maharashtra (10,483), Andhra Pradesh (10,171), Karnataka (6,670), Tamil Nadu (5,880) and Uttar Pradesh (4,404).

6. The ten states with biggest Covid caseload in India are: Maharashtra (4.9 lakh cases, Tamil Nadu (2.85 lakh cases), Andhra Pradesh (2.06 lakh cases), Karnataka (1.64 lakh cases, Delhi (1.42 lakh cases), Uttar Pradesh (1.13 lakh cases), West Bengal (89.66 thousand cases), Telangana (77,513) cases), Bihar (71,304 cases) and Gujarat (68,0000 cases).

7. India, which has a population of about 138 crores, has tested over 2.33 crore samples so far. On Friday, 5.98 lakh samples were tested across the country.

8. The positivity rate – an indicator to assess the prevalence of the disease- 10.28 as compared to yesterday’s 10.88 per cent.

9. Recovery rate stood at 68.32 per cent this morning, an improvement from yesterday’s 67.98 per cent.

10. Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday said the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide at-risk funding of $150 million to manufacture 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India and low-and-middle income countries.

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