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

Covid-19, Coronavirus

Though the daily cases saw a decline as India was reporting over 90,000 cases for two consecutive days, the country reported its highest increase in the number of Covid-related deaths.

1. India added 75,809 coronavirus infections and 1,133 virus-related deaths in 24 hours, Health Ministry data this morning showed.

2. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh are the worst-hit states. These five states account for over 62 per cent of the active cases, according to the Health Ministry.

3. Even though India’s daily confirmed cases are among the highest in the world, the country has been able to maintain an impressive recovery rate. This morning, the Health Ministry, in a tweet, said that over 32 lakh or 77 per cent of the people have recovered from the virus.

4. Nine states/union territories have reported a recovery rate of more than 80 per cent, it said. Andaman and Nicobar Islands has contributed the maximum recoveries amounting to 88.60%, followed by Bihar (88.4%), Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Havel (88.2%), Tamil Nadu (87.2%), Delhi (86.7%), West Bengal (85.2%), Nagaland (84%), Rajasthan (82.3%) and Gujarat (81.2%)

5. Maharashtra — which still accounts for nearly a quarter of the new daily cases — reported 16,429 new cases and 423 deaths, taking the total number of cases to 9,23,641. As many as 14,922 people were discharged after recovering from the virus on Monday, Public Health Department said.

6. Covid cases in Andhra Pradesh — which has consistently recorded over 10,000 daily cases — have crosseed the five-lakh mark. It is the second worst hit state in the country after Maharashtra.

7. Delhi reported 2,077 in the last 24 hours. After a brief drop, Delhi has seen a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases over the last few days. The national capital reported 3,256 on Sunday.

8. The World Health Organisation is in talks with India about joining the “COVAX” global vaccine allocation plan, a senior WHO adviser said on Monday.

“India is certainly eligible, like all countries in the world, to be part of the COVAX facility and discussions are ongoing in that regard,” Bruce Aylward told a briefing in Geneva, news agency Reuters reported.

9. Across the world, over 2.7 crore cases so far have been logged so far; 8.83 lakh Covid patients have died. After the United States and India, Brazil, Russia and Peru have the highest number of cases.

10. According to data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted a record 7,20,362 tests in a single day on Sunday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 4,95,51,507.

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