New Delhi: India on Wednesday registered a spike of 90,123 fresh Coronavirus cases, pushing the total tally to cross 50-lakh mark. Further, a total of 1,290 fatalities owing to Coronavirus infection were recorded within 24 hours. “The total case tally stands at 50,20,360 including 9,95,933 active cases, 39,42,361 cured/discharged/migrated & 82,066 deaths,” the Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Also Read - Tougher Fines For Breach of COVID-19 Quarantine Come Into Force Across England
In a positive development, while the recovery rate stands at a whooping high of 78.53 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.63 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. Also Read - Mzansi Super League 2020 Postponed to Next Year Due to Coronavirus
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 10,97,856 cases, including 30,409 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - Balika Vadhu Director Ram Vriksha Gaur Sells Vegetables in UP's Azamgarh And Has no Regrets
On Monday, the ministry asked Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu to ramp up their testing. These are the states whose positivity rates are faring above the national average. Meanwhile, four of these states account for more than half (53.5 per cent) of the active cases.
According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 11,16,842 sample tests in a single day on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,94,29,115.
On the vaccine front, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given a go-ahead to Serum Institute of India (SII) to resume clinical trial of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the country. The drug regulator also revoked its earlier order that suspended new recruitment for phase two and three trials.