The total confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in India crossed the one-million mark, nearly 170 days after the first case was registered on January 30 in Kerala. India now has the third highest number of confirmed cases, behind the U.S.’s close to 3.5 million and Brazil’s 1.97 million cases.
Despite the recovery rate being nearly 63.4%, India’s cumulative test positivity rate has now reached nearly 8% and is rising steadily, indicating that higher testing will continue to reveal more infections.
Here are the latest updates:
10.30 am | India
Record single-day surge of nearly 35,000 COVID cases in India
With a record single day surge of 34,956 cases, India’s COVID-19 tally zoomed past ten lakh on Friday, just three days after it crossed the nine-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The total coronavirus caseload in the country surged to 10,03,832, while death toll mounted to 25,602 with the highest number of 687 fatalities recorded in a day, the data updated at 8 a.m. on Friday showed.
A total of 22,942 people have recuperated in the past 24 hours, the highest number of recoveries in a day, taking the total number of recovered cases to 6,35,756, while there are 3,42,473 active COVID-19 cases presently.
“Thus, around 63.33% of patients have recovered so far,” an official said. – PTI
10 am | Kerala
70% of new Kerala cases due to local spread
Kerala crossed the 10,000 cases milestone in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with a cumulative case burden of 10,275 on Thursday. The State reported 722 fresh cases, 501 of them from local transmission, or almost 70%. Active cases stood at 5,372 and recoveries at 4,864.
A big chunk of new cases were from the community clusters along the coastal belt and 34 cases with no epidemiological link were reported.
9.30 am | Telangana
Telangana sees over 10,000 cases in 7 days
A little over 10,000 COVID-19 cases were recorded in Telangana in the past seven days. The total number of cases in the State crossed 40,000 on Thursday. The total now stands at 41,018. When compared with other States, Telangana stands in seventh position in terms of number of cases.
The first case in the State was detected on March 2. While it took 115 days (March 2-June 24) to record 10,444 cases, 10,018 more cases were recorded in nine days (June 25-July 3), six days (July 4-9) to record 10,484 more cases. And it took seven days (July 10-16) to record further 10,072 cases which indicates that rapid increase in COVID cases continues.
The past one week witnessed significant incidents, decisions related to COVID cases and its management. It is from July 10 that number of tests to detect coronavirus increased dramatically. The State Health department started to use Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) to detect coronavirus. This, in addition to RT-PCR tests, led to spike in tests.
9 am | Assam
In Assam, 100 patients break out of COVID care centre, block highway over food, water
Around hundred patients broke out of a COVID Care Centre in Assam’s Kamrup district and blocked National Highway 31 on Thursday, alleging that they were not provided with proper food and water, officials said.
Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Kailash Kartik along with police rushed to the facility in Changsari and asked the patients to clear the highway and return to the centre so that the matter can be resolved through discussions, they said.
Tension prevailed in the area, however, after assurances the patients returned to the centre, an officer said.
After U.S., India has done most COVID-19 tests: White House
After the U.S., which has carried out 42 million COVID-19 tests, India has done the second largest number of 12 million coronavirus tests, the White House said.
With regard to (the coronavirus) testing, we’ve done more than 42 million tests. The second-highest number is 12 million from India. We’re leading the world in testing, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a news conference in Washington on July 16.
The White House was responding to questions related to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.