Registering 75,760 new Covid cases on Thursday, India recorded its highest ever spike pushing the nationwide tally to over 3.31 million, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The country also recorded 1,023 new deaths which pushed the death toll to 60,472 and is now only a notch below Mexico’s toll (61,450), according to the Health Ministry data.
Of the 1,023 fresh deaths reported in the country, 295 are from Maharashtra, 133 from Karnataka, 118 from Tamil Nadu, 90 from Uttar Pradesh, 81 from Andhra Pradesh, 55 from West Bengal, 41 from Punjab, 19 from Jammu and Kashmir, 17 each from Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Gujarat, 15 from Jharkhand, 14 from Assam, 13 each from Odisha and Kerala, 12 from Rajasthan and 11 each from Bihar and Haryana.
Ten deaths have been reported from Chhattisgarh, eight each from Goa, Puducherry and Telangana, six from Uttarakhand, four from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, two each from Tripura and Himachal Pradesh while Chandigarh, Ladakh and Manipur have registered one fatality each.
With a total of 7,25,991 active cases and 25,23,771 patients having recuperated so far, the recovery rate was recorded at 76.24 per cent while the COVID-19 case fatality rate has declined to 1.83 per cent.
The Health Ministry also highlighted that with the total number of recoveries in India exceeding the active cases by 3.5 times, the active cases compromises only 21.87 per cent of the “actual caseload” of the country.
Five most affected states by total tally of cases are Maharashtra (718,711), Tamil Nadu (397,261), Andhra Pradesh (382,469), Karnataka (300,000) and Uttar Pradesh (197,000). Delhi recorded its highest single-day spike in August with 1,693 coronavirus cases, taking tally to 165,764. In Punjab, 23 ministers and MLAs are coronavirus positive altogether.
All newly-diagnosed tuberculosis patients or those currently on treatment should be tested for Covid-19 and vice versa. It said that tuberculosis is associated with a 2.1-fold increased risk of a severe Covid-19 disease, said the Ministry.
The prevalence of tuberculosis among Covid-19 patients has been found to be 0.37 to 4.47 per cent in different studies, the ministry said and highlighted that there has been an overall decline in tuberculosis notification by 26 per cent during January to June, as compared to the previous year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The testing for the disease has been increased from 363 tests per million per day on August 1 to more than 600 tests per million per day at present, said Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, on Wednesday.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that 3,85,76,510 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the country till yesterday (August 26). Of these, 9,24,998 were tested yesterday. With Lakshadweep being India’s only territory without Covid 19 cases and Mizoram only Indian State with no fatality.