India passes Brazil for world’s second most virus cases
India on Monday touched the grim distinction of recording the second-highest number of COVID-19 virus cases globally. India surpassed Brazil with 42,04,614 cases and is now behind the USA which has recorded 6.29 million COVID-19 virus cases. Brazil has registered 4.14 million cases.
India’s COVID-19 death toll breached the 71,000 marks as 1016 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.
The number of deaths due to the infection has reached 71,642.
The country registered a hike of more than 90,000 cases for the second time in a single day as 90,802 new cases COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking India’s total coronavirus virus cases to 42,04,614.
The total COVID-19 case tally stands at 42,04,614 at including 8,82,542 active cases, 32,50,429 cured/discharged/migrate and 71,642 deaths according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health.
India has already been recording more number of fresh cases than Brazil for the last few days.
Brazil recorded 14,521 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as well as 447 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.
In terms of deaths caused by COVID-19, too, India is currently at the third spot after the US and Brazil with a total of 71,642 people succumbing to the highly infectious disease.
Brazil has registered 4.14 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 126,650, according to ministry data.
The United States has recorded the highest number of deaths followed by Brazil India, Mexico, and Britain.
are 8,82,542 active cases of the infection in the country which comprises 20.99 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and it went past 40 lakh on September 5.
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 4,95,51,507 samples have been tested up to September 6 with 7,20,362 samples being tested on Sunday.
The only comforting factor for India is that the COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate (CFR) has dropped below 2% and is on a continuous decline, according to data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The data published by the Union Ministry shows that the CFR was 2.15 percent on August 1 and stands at 1.72 percent on September 6.
The data further shows that the average weekly CFR was 1.97 percent for the week of August 10 to August 16. The average weekly CFR has dropped to 1.75 percent for the week of August 31 to September 6.
In cumulative terms, five states account for more than 60% of the total active cases in the country. Maharashtra contributes most to the active caseload, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, which stands at 6.10%.
f the 1,016 fresh deaths, 328 are from Maharashtra, 95 from Karnataka, 88 from Tamil Nadu, 77 from Uttar Pradesh, 70 from Andhra Pradesh, 54 from Punjab, 52 from West Bengal, 29 each from Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, 25 from Haryana, 24 from Chhattisgarh and 16 from Puducherry.
Fifteen fatalities have been reported each from Bihar and Rajasthan, 14 each from Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, 10 from Kerala, 11 from Uttarakhand, nine from Telangana, eight each from Assam and Odisha, seven each from Jharkhand and Goa, five from Tripura, two each from Chandigarh and Manipur, one each from Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
Of the total 71,642 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 26,604 followed by 7,836 in Tamil Nadu, 6,393 in Karnataka, 4,567 in Delhi, 4,417 in Andhra Pradesh, 3,920 in Uttar Pradesh, 3,562 in West Bengal, 3,105 in Gujarat, and 1,862 in Punjab.
So far, 1,572 people have died of COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,137 in Rajasthan, 895 in Telangana, 806 in Haryana, 784 in Jammu and Kashmir, 750 in Bihar, 546 in Odisha, 469 in Jharkhand, 380 in Chhattisgarh, 360 in Assam, 347 in Kerala and 341 in Uttarakhand.
Puducherry has registered 314 fatalities, Goa 236, Tripura 149, Chandigarh 71, Himachal Pradesh 55, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 50, Manipur 38, Ladakh 35, Meghalaya 16, Nagaland 10, Arunachal Pradesh eight, Sikkim five and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.