India's COVID-19 tally zoomed past 35 lakh, just a week after it crossed the 30 lakh-mark, with a record single-day spike of 78,761 cases while recoveries surged to 27,13,933 on Sunday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
India's economy shrank by almost a quarter in April-June, data showed on Monday, much more than forecast and placing increasing pressure on policymakers to kick-start growth, despite the high number of new cases. One of the goals of the "Test-Track-Treat" strategy of the Centre is to reduce COVID mortality and keep the case fatality rate low, the ministry said in a statement.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a cumulative 4,33,24,834 samples have been tested up to August 31, with 10,16,920 of them being tested on Monday. Globally, the United States remains the worst-infected, with more than 63 lakh cases, followed by Brazil, recording over 40 lakh infections.
India's deaths from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, went up by 971 in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 64,469, the health ministry said. The other states were Chhattisgarh (1,822), Haryana (1,694), Rajasthan (1,470) Gujarat (1,310), Goa (588) and Tripura (509, same as on August 28) Tripura also recorded its highest single-day toll from the virus with 13 deaths in the state. While the first week of August had reported a growth rate of 10.9 percent, the second week of August had reported 5.9 percent growth in fresh COVID-19 cases. Hilly states and Union territories make up this category like Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ladakh, and Himachal Pradesh. 12 major states and UTs make up this category including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.
On 17 July, the USA had reported 77,638 new cases, setting the previous highest single-day record. 14 per cent of total coronavirus cases in India and 1 per cent of deaths recorded among the 18-25 age group. The number of recovered patients has outpaced the active cases (8,15,538) by more than 21.5 lakh, the health ministry said in an official statement.