For the fifth consecutive day, India recorded a record single-day surge of coronavirus cases; this time, India registered 19,906 COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 5,28,859 on Sunday, while the death toll rose to 16,095 with 410 persons succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours.
According to the health ministry, this is the fifth consecutive day that coronavirus infections have increased by more than 15,000. There has been a surge of 3,38,324 infections from June 1 till date.
The number of active cases stands at 2,03,051, while 3,09,712 people have recovered. Around 58.56 per cent patients have recovered so far.
Of the 410 new deaths reported till Sunday morning, 167 were in Maharashtra, 68 in Tamil Nadu, 66 in Delhi, 19 in Uttar Pradesh, 18 in Gujarat, 13 in West Bengal, 11 each in Rajasthan and Karnataka, nine in Andhra Pradesh, seven in Haryana, six each in Punjab and Telangana, four in Madhya Pradesh, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one each in Bihar, Odisha and Puducherry.
Eight states, including Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, contributed 85.5 per cent of the active coronavirus infection caseload and 87 per cent of the total deaths due to the disease in India, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The Group of Ministers on COVID-19 discussed the coronavirus situation and the efforts to boost healthcare infrastructure during a meeting chaired by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan by video-conference.
Amid mounting cases, Vardhan underlined that the national recovery rate was over 58 per cent, and that the mortality rate was around 3 per cent. The country’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh-mark on Saturday with the worst single-day surge of 18,552 cases, and the death toll climbed to 15,685 with 384 fatalities, official data showed.
Another central team is currently visiting Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana to strengthen ongoing efforts for management of COVID-19, the statement stated
The GoM was briefed about the recovery and mortality rates, doubling rate and ramped up testing in various states, besides about the utility of ITIHAS and Aarogya Setu in contact-tracing and prediction of potential hotspot areas.