IMAGE: A health personnel collects a blood sample for a serological survey at a local health centre in New Delhi. Photograph: Rahul Singh/ANI Photo
India’s COVID-19 tally raced past the 38-lakh mark on Thursday with the sharpest single-day spike of 83,883 fresh cases, while the number of recoveries surged to 29,70,492, pushing the recovery rate to over 77 per cent, Union health ministry data showed.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country mounted to 38,53,406, while the death toll climbed to 67,376 as 1,043 people succumbed to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.
IMAGE: A man sprays disinfectant to sanitise figures in a public park after authorities announced to re-open public parks and gardens that were closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Ahmedabad. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters
The national COVID-19 recovery rate has risen to 77.09 per cent and the case fatality rate due to the infection has further declined to 1.75 per cent.
IMAGE: A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment takes a swab from a woman for a rapid antigen test inside an office in Ahmedabad. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters
There are 8,15,538 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprise 21.16 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 and went past 30 lakh on August 23.
IMAGE: Health workers in PPE kit playing with a child at the Commonwealth Games Village sports complex, temporarily converted into a COVID-19 care centre, in New Delhi. Photograph: Rahul Singh/ANI Photo
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a cumulative total of 4,55,09,380 samples have been tested up to September 2 with 11,72,179 samples being tested on Wednesday — the highest in a day so far.