Coronavirus India News Live Updates: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said community transmission of the coronavirus infection is restricted to certain districts in a limited number of states, clarifying that “this is not happening across the country”, news agency PTI reported. The minister said this during an interaction with his social media followers on the sixth episode of “Sunday Samvaad”. He also said that negligence during Onam led to the spike in Covid-19 cases in Kerala, and other states should ‘learn a lesson’ from this.
India reported 61,871 new Covid-19 cases and 1,033 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Sunday, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The country’s tally of 74,94,552 cases included 7,83,311 active cases, 65,97,210 recoveries and 1,14,031 deaths.
Maintaining a “steady declining trend”, the number of active Covid-19 cases in India stayed below eight lakh for the second consecutive day on Sunday and comprised 10.45 per cent of the total caseload, the health ministry said. The Covid-19 recovery rate in the country has improved to 88.03 per cent, it said.
As many as 22 states and Union territories, including Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh and Chandigarh have less than 20,000 active cases. “The declining trend of the active cases is complemented by the unbroken rising number of recovered cases,” the ministry further said.
A total of 72,614 coronavirus patients have recovered and discharged in a day, with Maharashtra contributing over 14,000 single-day recoveries. India ranks second behind the United States in terms of total coronavirus caseload and active cases, and third in terms of fatalities globally behind the US and Brazil.