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India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 18-lakh mark

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India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 18-lakh mark on Monday, just a day after it went past 17 lakh, with 52,972 cases reported in a day while the number of recoveries surged to over 11.86 lakh, according to the Union health ministry data.

IMAGE: Health workers carry mortal remains of BJP leader and UP Minister Kamal Rani Varun, who died due to COVID-19, in Kanpur. Photograph: PTI Photo

The number of COVID-19 tests carried out in India has also crossed the 2 crore-mark, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.

The total coronavirus cases surged to 18,03,695, while the death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 38,135 with 771 people succumbing to the disease in a day, the data updated at 8 am showed.


There are 5,79,357 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country at present while the recoveries have increased to 11,86,203.

IMAGE: A health worker in personal protective equipment collects a nasal sample from a woman at a local health centre to conduct tests for the coronavirus in New Delhi. Photograph: Rahul Singh/ANI Photo

The COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 65.44 per cent, while the fatality rate is at 2.13 per cent, the data stated.

The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners.

IMAGE: A health worker collects a nasal sample from a girl at a local health centre to conduct tests for the coronavirus disease in New Delhi. Photograph: Rahul Singh/ANI Photo

This is the fifth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000 in the country.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 2,02,02,858 samples have been tested up to August 2 with 3,81,027 samples being tested on Sunday.

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