New Delhi: India’s coronavirus count surpassed 31 lakh-mark with 60,975 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday, adding that the death toll due to the deadly disease reached 58,390 after 848 people succumbed to the infection in a day.  The actual caseload of the country is the active cases, which currently stands at 7,04,348. Also Read - 'No Mask, No Entry': BMC Imposes Rules For People Travelling in Public Transport, Visiting Malls

Of the total 31,67,324 cases, a total of 24,04,585 patients have recovered, following which the country’s recovery rate soared to 75%. On the other hand, the case fatality rate, which is the proportion of people who die from the disease among individuals diagnosed, has dropped to 1.86 per cent, the Health Ministry had said. Also Read - Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Tests COVID Positive, Asymptomatic, Goes Into Self-isolation

Notably, India’s journey to the 31-lakh mark COVID cases took 208 days since the emergence of the first case on January 30. On July 17, the country logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh in 20 days on August 7 and added over 10 lakh cases in just 16 days. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown News: State Extends Shutdown Till October 31 With More Relaxations; Theatres, Parks, Pools, Beaches to Remain Shut

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The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 23.5 million, while the deaths have increased to over 811,000. As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 23,571,084 and the fatalities rose to 811,748.

India continues to be the third worst-hit after the US with 57,01,557 cases and 1,76,797 deaths, followed by Brazil with 36,05,783 infections and 1,14,744 deaths.

With a total of 6,82,383 cases and 22,253 deaths, Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, followed by Tamil Nadu with 3,79,385 cases and 6,517 deaths. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal and Bihar come next.

India has tested more than 3.5 crore people for COVID-19 so far, resolutely following its ‘Test Track Treat’ strategy, said  Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

If reports are to be believed, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), under the guidelines for Unlock 4.0 may allow all metro services across the country to resume operations.

35 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Mizoram. Total cases in the state rise to 953 and 461 cured/discharged. Active cases stand at 492: Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Mizoram.

In a meeting of Crisis Management Group, it has been decided to resume public transport system, including bus service in the state from 25 Aug. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to be followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, said Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal, Secy, Transport Dept, Bihar.

JMM chief Shibu Soren, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, was shifted to a private hospital here on Monday as a precautionary measure, official sources said. Soren, 76, and his wife Roopi tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and were in home isolation as they did have symptoms, they added.

A day after the United States President Donald Trump announced that US Food and Drug Administration has given emergency authorisation for the use of blood plasma to treat coronavirus patients, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the country has taken a cue from the ‘Delhi Model’ of battling COVID-19.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has tested positive for coronavirus. Khattar’s test report came positive on Monday, six days after he had attended a meeting with Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who was later found infected with the virus.