New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 case tally surpassed the 59-lakh mark with a spike of 85,362 new cases and 1,089 deaths in last 24 hours. Of the total 59,03,933 cases, 9,60,969 are active and 48,49,585 are recovered/discharged. The death toll has soared to 93,379.Also Read - Manila To Revert To Strictest Lockdown From August 6 Amid Resurgence Of Covid Cases
As of Saturday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 32,471,119 and the fatalities rose to 987,593. On the global front, India rallies behind the US, which has recrded highest number of cases and deaths 70,32,524 cases and 2,03,657 deaths respectively. Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 140,537. Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Weekly Flights From Delhi to Kathmandu | Check Schedule Here
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus fatalities could hit two million without relentless global action to combat the disease. The WHO asked countries and individuals to come together to tackle the crisis, saying that the prospect of another million deaths is not unimaginable.
“One million is a terrible number and we need to reflect on that before we start considering a second million”, said WHO’s emergencies director Michael Ryan, when asked if it was unthinkable that two million people could die in the pandemic.
Key developments so far:
Earlier on Friday, while speaking at 65th AIIMS Foundation Day, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had said, “Huge infrastructure buildup including dedicated COVID hospitals & quarantine centres, supply of PPEs & medical equipment helped India in recording recovery rate of 82% & death rate of less than 1.6%. Aim to bring this under 1% soon.”
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 13,00,757 cases, including 34,761 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. About 75 per cent of the new cases are found to be concentrated in ten states and UTs.
7,02,69,975 samples tested up to 25th September for COVID-19. Of these, 13,41,535 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research
Around 900 people including MLAs of the State Assembly will be tested for COVID-19, during the next three days starting from tomorrow, said Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Prem Chandra Choudhary.
56 new cases and two deaths reported in Ladakh; 78 patients cured & discharged: Department of Information & Public Relations, Ladakh.