Corona Updates You Must Track: India Tally At Nearly 26.5 Lakh Cases, Death Toll Crosses 50,000-Mark

While Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh remain one of the worst-affected states by coronavirus pandemic, Bengal and Bihar too have recorded more than 1 lakh cases each

Kritika Banerjee Updated: Aug 17, 2020 12:26:58 IST
Corona Updates You Must Track: India Tally At Nearly 26.5 Lakh Cases, Death Toll Crosses 50,000-Mark Rural health coordinators hold a COVID-19 awareness session with school students in Chhattisgarh. Photo: Twitter/@ROBRAIPUR

India cases and toll: India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 26,47,663 as the country added 57,981 cases in the last 24 hours. Against 6,76,900 active cases of coronavirus across the country, 19,19,842 have recovered from the disease, as per the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With 941 people succumbing to the infection on Sunday, the COVID-19 death toll has climbed to 50,921. India conducted 7,31,697 tests for COVID-19 on Sunday.

Where Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka stand: Karnataka, which had shown a slight dip in daily cases of coronavirus early last week, is again reporting a fresh surge since the last few days. The state reported 8,818 cases on Saturday and 7,040 cases on Sunday. With this, Karnataka’s coronavirus tally has climbed to 2,26,966 with 81,528 active cases, 1,41,491 recoveries and 3,947 fatalities. The state recorded 116 deaths in the last 24 hours.

In neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the coronavirus count has climbed to 2,89,929 with 85,945 active cases, 2,01,234 recoveries and 2,650 deaths. Against nearly 10,000-plus daily cases all through last week, there has been a marginal dip in numbers during the weekend. The state recorded 8,732 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday and 8,112 cases on Sunday. In the last 24 hours, 88 people succumbed to the disease across Andhra Pradesh.  

Bengal, Bihar join states with 1 lakh-plus cases: Both Bihar and Bengal have joined the list of states with more than 1 lakh coronavirus cases. West Bengal’s coronavirus caseload has climbed to 1,16,498 with 3,066 fresh cases in the last 24 hours. As 51 people succumbed to the disease on Sunday, the state’s COVID-19 toll rose to 2,428. Of the fresh cases reported on Sunday, 563 were in Kolkata.

Bihar too has witnessed a steady rise in its COVID-19 tally. As of Monday morning, the state’s count has reached 1,03,844 with 2,293 new coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours. The state currently has 31,059 active cases of coronavirus, while 72,324 people have recovered from the illness. The death toll has gone up to 461 with 11 people losing their lives to the virus on Sunday.   

covid-tracker-17-augut_081720120649.jpgCOVID-19 tracker for 17 August. Source: Twitter/@COVIDNewsByMIB

Russian doctors not confident about the country’s vaccine: A survey of more than 3,000 medical professionals in Russia found that majority of them were not comfortable with getting a shot of the country’s new COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, according to Reuters report. In the survey conducted by ‘Doctor’s Handbook’ mobile application, 52 per cent of the respondents said they were not ready to get injected with the new vaccine. The vaccine was formally launched last week even before the clinical trials could be completed.

Global corona update: The global coronavirus count has reached 2,18,26,447 with 1,45,64,183 recoveries and 7,73,072 deaths, according to Worldometer. Currently, there are 64,89,192 infected patients across the globe; of them, 64,329 are critical. The US has reported the maximum number of cases so far—the country’s tally has climbed to 55,66,632 with 1,73,128 deaths. It is followed by Brazil with 33,40,197 cases of coronavirus and 1,07,879 deaths.

South Korea, one of the first countries to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, has seen a spurt in cases, recently. According to an AP report, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 279 new cases on Sunday, taking the overall tally to 15,318, which includes 305 deaths.

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