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Tuesday, 11 August 2020 10.04 PM IST

Over 20,000 Coronavirus cases in India in 24 hrs for first time


NEW DELHI: India's COVID-19 tally touched 6,25,544 with the biggest single-day increase of 20,903 cases, while the death count rose to 18,213, the latest data from the Union Health Ministry shows.

The number of recoveries stands at 3,79,892. The recovery rate has improved to 60.72 per cent. There are 2,27,439 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country at present. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Tamil, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan. Maharashtra, the state with the highest number of cases, has recorded 1,86,626 infections in the last 24 hours.

With over 6,000 new cases of coronavirus reported in Mumbai in a day and a positivity rate of over 18 per cent, the spike in the number of cases is a worry. Authorities say the spike is along expected lines as many lockdown restrictions have been relaxed. Mumbai also has a high death rate due to COVID-19 and Maharashtra is now focussing on a new protocol for categorisation of patients to address the high number of deaths.

Tamil Nadu again saw a single-day high of 4,343 fresh cases in day, with the state's coronavirus tally touching 98,392. Capital Chennai 63.6 per cent of the total cases in the state.

With over 92,175 total cases, Delhi has the highest number of coronavirus cases in India after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. India's first plasma bank was inaugurated in Delhi on Thursday by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as he appealed to all those who can donate plasma to come forward and help others.

Karnataka saw a single day spike, with the total number of cases crossing the 18,000-mark on Thursday. The number of cases in Bengaluru too has seen a sharp rise in recent days. The Karnataka government fresh guidelines for home isolation, based on the centre's guidelines. Medic

Neighbouring Kerala on Thursday saw 160 coronavirus cases with 202 recoveries. This is highest number for recoveries in a single day and comes after the state's decision for change in the discharge norm, with people being discharged with a single negative test instead of two negatives.

The country's first made-in-India coronavirus vaccine may be launched by August 15, with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) fast-tracking efforts to develop COVAXIN in partnership with Bharat Biotech International Limited. A dozen institutes have been selected for clinical trials of the indigenous COVID-19 vaccine (BBV152 COVID vaccine), the government's top medical research body has said.

The Drug Controller General of India, meanwhile, has approved pharmaceutical firm Zydus Cadila to start Phase I and Phase II human clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine. This is the second vaccine after COVAXIN to get the approval.

Courtesy: NDTV

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