Maharashtra remains the hardest-hit in the pandemic, accounting for 7,03,823 cases. In a worrying indication that the COVID crisis in Delhi is far from over, the national capital on Tuesday saw the highest spike in cases in the last 40 days, with 1,544 fresh cases. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a high-level meeting to discuss the situation. Delhi government Health Minister, Chief Secretary and all top officials of the Health Department will be present at the meeting.
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 2,945 on Wednesday as 41 more people tested positive for the infection, while two fresh fatalities pushed the Union territory”s coronavirus death toll to 37, health officials said. 14 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Mizoram taking the total cases in the state to 967, including 464 cured/discharged.
As many as 1,056 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths were reported in Jharkhand on Tuesday, said State Health Department in a bulletin. According to the bulletin, the total number of cases now stands at 32,174 including 10,077 active cases, 21,750 recoveries and 347 deaths. In Assam, 1,973 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 94,592.
India has exponentially scaled its testing from one lakh in January to 10 lakhs/day in August 2020. With Positivity Rate progressively falling, testing has worked as an effective tool to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection, Ministry of Health said. The ministry also said there has been a steady decline in the positivity rate of COVID-19 despite an exponential increase in testing, underlining that the number of active cases of the infection have reduced by 6,423 in a day for the first time.
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Presenting a mortality analysis on the basis of age and gender, Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said COVID-19 fatalities include 69% male and 31% female.