Corona Updates You Must Track: With 45,720 New COVID-19 Cases And 1,129 Deaths, India Records Biggest Jump In A Day

Maharashtra reported more than 10,000 fresh cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The Madhya Pradesh government has announced a 10-day lockdown in Bhopal, starting Friday evening

Kritika Banerjee Updated: Jul 23, 2020 13:45:48 IST
Corona Updates You Must Track: With 45,720 New COVID-19 Cases And 1,129 Deaths, India Records Biggest Jump In A Day West Bengal is observing a total lockdown on Thursday. Photo: Twitter/@ANI

India cases and toll: On Thursday morning, India crossed yet another grim milestone by breaching the 12-lakh mark for total coronavirus cases recorded across the country. Of the 12,38,635 confirmed cases of COVID-19, India has added more than 50 per cent of these cases in the month of July. In the last 24 hours, India added a record 45,720 fresh cases of coronavirus and 1,129 deaths.

Currently, there are 4,26,167 active cases while 7,82,606 people have recovered from the illness, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Coronavirus has claimed 29,861 lives across the country—India’s death toll is among the highest in the world. A total of 3,50,823 COVID-19 tests were conducted across the country on Wednesday.

Maharashtra records over 10,000 cases in a day: Maharashtra recorded its single-biggest jump in a day, with 10,576 fresh cases on Wednesday, taking the state’s tally to 3,37,607. The deadly virus claimed 280 lives in the last 24 hours and the state’s COVID-19 toll now stands at 12,556. Maharashtra alone accounts for more than 42 per cent of the coronavirus deaths reported across the country. The state has 1,37,282 active cases against 1,87,769 recoveries. Pune, which has been under a 10-day intense lockdown that ends on Thursday, has been reporting a surge in cases and recorded its biggest daily spike on Wednesday with 3,218 fresh cases.

covid-tracker_072320111845.jpgCOVID Tracker. Source: Twitter/@COVIDNewsByMIB

10-day lockdown in Bhopal: In a bid to check the spike in cases in Bhopal, the Madhya Pradesh government has announced a 10-day lockdown in the capital, starting from 8 p.m. of 24 July till 8 a.m. of 4 August. Earlier, a week-long lockdown was enforced in Gwalior. More than 1,000 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Bhopal over the last nine days, with 157 cases recorded in the last 24 hours. Madhya Pradesh’s coronavirus tally is at 24,842 cases with 7,236 active cases, 16,836 recoveries and 770 deaths.

Andhra Pradesh records its biggest spike: A day after reporting nearly 5,000 fresh cases of coronavirus, Andhra Pradesh posted a record surge on Thursday. The state added 6,045 new cases of COVID-19 to its tally, which has now climbed to 64,713 cases. The state also recorded 65 deaths due to COVID-19—the toll is at 823. Visakhapatnam reported more than a 1,000 fresh cases on Thursday, followed by East Godavari and Guntur districts. Andhra Pradesh currently has 31,763 active cases while 32,127 people have recovered from the illness.

Global corona update: The World Health Organization on Wednesday said that a vaccine against COVID-19 could be available by early next year. The experimental vaccine being developed by the Oxford University and pharmaceutical major AstraZeneca is one of the top contenders after showing promising results in the first stages of clinical trials. Pune-based Serum Institute of India is one of the global partners that would manufacture the vaccine once the results of the trials are satisfactory. In India, the vaccine would be named Covishield.

Meanwhile, the global tally for coronavirus continues to climb. As per Worldometer, a website which tracks the number of COVID-19 across countries, the global coronavirus count is 1,53,75,005 cases with 93,49,420 recoveries and 6,30,222 fatalities. Mexico has been reporting a worrying increase in COVID-19 deaths—the toll has climbed to 41,190 with 3,62,274 confirmed cases so far. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has again tested positive for the infection a third time since 7 July.

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