Single day record spike of 64,399 cases, ICMR reveals

TN tally nears 3 lakh, Chennai sees 986 new cases

New Delhi, Aug 9:

With a record single-day spike of 64,399 cases, India’s COVID-19 tally zoomed past 21 lakh on Sunday, while the death toll climbed to 43,379 with 861 more fatalities, the Health Ministry said.

The number of recoveries surged to 14,80,884 with record 53,879 more people recuperating in the past 24 hours, taking recovery rate to 68.78 per cent,. The case fatality rate has dropped 2.01 per cent, according to ministry data.

There are 6,28,747 active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), comprising 29.20 per cent of the total caseload in the country. The total coronavirus cases have mounted to 21,53,010, it said.

This is the third consecutive day that the COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 60,000. India had crossed the 20-lakh mark on Friday.

As many as 7,19,364 samples were tested on Saturday, the highest in a day so far. A total of 2,41,06,535 samples have been tested so far, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.

“India is performing around 500 tests for detection of COVID-19 per minute and the per-day testing capacity has increased over five lakhs,” scientist and ICMR media coordinator Lokesh Sharma.

In Tamil Nadu

Inching towards the three lakh mark in COVID-19 tally, Tamil Nadu on Saturday recorded 5,883 fresh cases while 118 deaths saw the toll climbing to 4,808, the Health Department said.

This is the tenth straight day the state’s daily cases, which peaked to its highest of 6,993 on July 27, stood below the 6,000 mark.

Recoveries remained high with 5,043 people being discharged from various hospitals after successful treatment, taking the cumulative recoveries to 2,32,618.

Chennai recorded 986 new cases, while neighbouring Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet collectively saw an increase of 1,100 fresh infections.

According to the Commissioner G Prakash, COVID-19 doubling rate has now become 72.2 days in Chennai from 64 days last week. However, containment activities will continue in the city for at least another three months, he added. Over the past couple of days, Chennai has been reporting less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases.

Theni recorded 452 new infections while Virudhunagar and Tuticorin reported 246 and 245 respectively.

Dharmapuri reported the least number of new cases with 21 people contracting the contagion taking the tally in the district to 851 so far.

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