India reports 977 COVID-19 deaths, new high of 69,652 cases of infection
People gathered to stock up essential medicines at a chemist store ahead of a two-day weekly COVID-19 lockdown in Kolkata, on August 19, 2020. Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS

India reports 977 COVID-19 deaths, new high of 69,652 cases of infection

New Delhi, August 20, 2020

India today reported 977 more deaths due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the highest single-day spike of 69,652 new cases of infection as the deadly virus continued to spread and claim lives in different parts of the country.

With these, the death toll has jumped to 53,866 while the total number of cases of infection has zoomed past the 2.8-million mark to 2,836,925 so far.

The country had recorded the highest number of deaths in a single day -- 1,092 -- yesterday, while the previous high in terms of new cases of infections in a 24-hour period -- 66,999 -- was recorded on August 13. The country had reported 64,531 new cases yesterday.

The world has reported a total of more than 22.328 million cases of COVID-19 and 786,303 deaths so far.

India is placed third in the world in terms of the total number of COVID-19 cases, after the United States (5.529 million cases so far) and Brazil (3.456 million).

In terms of the number of deaths, India is in the fourth spot, after the US (173,145), Brazil (111,100) and Mexico (58,481).

India has now reported a thousand-plus deaths on three days in the last 11 days and more than 900 deaths on seven of the last eight days.

This is the 16th consecutive day that the country has reported more than 800 COVID deaths in a single day, the 22nd consecutive day that it has reported more than 700 deaths, the 28th consecutive day that it has reported more than 600 deaths and the 38th consecutive day that it has reported 500 or more deaths. It has reported more than 200 deaths each day since the beginning of June.

The country has reported more than 60,000 new cases of infection on seven of the last nine days and more than 50,000 new cases for the 21st consecutive day today.

On the positive side, the number of patients who have recovered continues to show an uptrend and, after crossing the 2-million milestone yesterday, stood at 2,096,664 this morning.

Figures released by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare this morning showed that the 977 new deaths included 346 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in India, followed by 126 in Karnataka, 116 in Tamil Nadu, 86 in Andhra Pradesh, 53 each in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, 23 in Punjab, 18 in Madhya Pradesh, 17 in Gujarat, 15 in Jharkhand, 14 in Uttarakhand, 12 in Rajasthan, 11 each in Bihar and Jammu & Kashmir, ten each in Assam, Haryana, Odisha and Telangana, nine in Delhi, eight in Goa, seven in Kerala, six in Puducherry, three in Chhattisgarh, and one each in Chandigarh, Ladakh and Sikkim.

No new deaths were reported today from Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.

Of the total of 53,866 deaths in India so far, Maharashtra accounts for the highest at 21,033 followed by 6,123 in Tamil Nadu, 4,327 in Karnataka, 4,235 in national capital Delhi, 2,906 each in Andhra Pradesh, 2,837 in Gujarat, 2,638 in Uttar Pradesh, 2,581 in West Bengal, 1,159 in Madhya Pradesh, 921 in Punjab, 910 in Rajasthan, 729 in Telangana, 572 in Jammu and Kashmir, 567 in Haryana, 487 in Bihar, 372 in Odisha, 277 in Jharkhand, 213 in Assam, 182 in Kerala, 178 in Uttarakhand, 161 in Chhattisgarh, 129 in Puducherry, 124 in Goa, 65 in Tripura, 31 in Chandigarh, 30 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 19 in Himachal Pradesh, 18 each in Ladakh and Manipur, eight in Nagaland, six in Meghalaya, five in Arunachal Pradesh, three in Sikkim and two in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.

Mizoram has not reported any COVID deaths so far while Lakshadweep Islands have not reported any cases of infection until now.

The total of 2,836,925 cases so far includes the 53,866 patients who have died as well as 2,096,664 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 686,395 as of this morning, up 9,881 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 58,974 since yesterday, and the recovery rate has gone up to 73.9%, according to the data.

Of the 2,836,925 cases so far in India, Maharashtra accounted for the highest with 628,642 (up 13,165 from yesterday), followed by Tamil Nadu - 355,449 (5,795), Andhra Pradesh - 316,003 (9,742), Karnataka - 249,590 (8,642), Uttar Pradesh - 167,510 (5,076), Delhi - 156,139 (1,398), West Bengal - 125,922 (3,169), Bihar - 112,437 (2,939), Telangana - 97,424 (1,724), Assam - 84,317 (2,116), Gujarat - 81,942 (1,140), Odisha - 67,122 (2,589), Rajasthan - 65,289 (1,312), Kerala - 50,231 (2,333), Haryana - 49,930 (994), Madhya Pradesh - 48,351 (976), Punjab - 36,084 (1,684), Jammu & Kashmir - 30,034 (708), Jharkhand - 26,090 (1,613), Chhattisgarh - 17,485 (652), Uttarakhand - 13,225 (264), Goa - 12,675 (342), Puducherry - 8,750 (354), Tripura - 7,835 (190), Manipur - 4,876 (111), Himachal Pradesh - 4,411 (176), Nagaland - 3,558 (38), Arunachal Pradesh - 2,950 (75), Andaman & Nicobar Islands - 2,604 (75), Chandigarh - 2,396 (91), Ladakh - 2,048 (38), Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu - 1,995 (44), Meghalaya - 1,506 (49), Sikkim - 1,232 (25), and Mizoram - 873 (13).

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