India records 63,489 new coronavirus cases
August 16 2020 06:16 PM
People wearing facemasks shop at the Palladium Mall in Mumbai on Sunday.
People wearing facemasks shop at the Palladium Mall in Mumbai on Sunday.

IANS/New Delhi

India reported 63,489 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to 25,89,682, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday.

The death toll climbed to 49,980 with 944 more fatalities during the same period, the ministry said in a statement.

Of the total cases, 6,77,444 are still active. However, 18,62,258 patients has recovered so far, including 53,322 in the last one day.

The fatality rate - the proportion of people who die of the disease among individuals diagnosed - dropped to 1.93%, the ministry said, adding that the recovery rate had gone up to 71.91%.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with 1,56,719 active cases, of which 4,854 came up in the last one day.

The state recorded 6,844 more recoveries, taking the total cured patients to 4,08,286.

As many as 19,749 patients have succumbed to Covid-19 in Maharashtra so far, including 322 in the last one day.

Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka followed with 88,138 and 81,284 active cases respectively.

Andhra Pradesh reported 1,769 new cases, while Karnataka saw 2,075 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.

Telangana's tally rose to 91,361 with 1,102 new cases reported on Sunday while nine more deaths pushed the death toll to 693.

Tamil Nadu also reported 5,860 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the state's tally to 332,105, health officials said.

As many as 5,246 more people were discharged from various healthcare facilities, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 272,251.

The number of active cases in the state went up to 54,213, whereas the overall death toll stood at 5,651 with 127 more fatalities, officials added.

Chennai continued to top the Covid-19 infection chart as 1,179 more people tested positive for the virus, taking the state capital's tally to 115,444.

Odisha reported its highest single-day spike of 2,924 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the state's total tally to 60,050, officials said.

The death toll rose to 343 in the state as 10 more patients succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, even as a 55-hour long weekend lockdown continues in Agra, 24 fresh cases of Covid-19 have taken the city's tally to 2,290 with 102 deaths. The number of active cases now is 339.

Former defence minister and late Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Parrikar's elder son Utpal was on Sunday hospitalised after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

"On the advice of doctors and to take proper line of treatment, I've got admitted to hospital. Thank you everyone for the wishes," tweeted Utpal Parrikar, who is also a member of the state BJP executive committee.

Federal Minister of State for Defence and AYUSH, Shripad Naik, has also been admitted to a private hospital, after he along with his wife tested positive last week. Naik is a Lok Sabha MP from the North Goa seat.

Meanwhile, Punjab Revenue Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar tested positive for the coronavirus, doctors said.

He had hoisted the national flag on Independence Day a day earlier.

The Minister complained of a sore throat, after which he was tested for coronavirus.

Kangar said his condition is stable and is undergoing treatment at his residence.

Earlier, two Congress legislators and cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa had tested positive.

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