Coronavirus News Live Updates: With India reporting 80,472 new cases and 1,179 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Wednesday, the total number of coronavirus infections crossed the 62 lakh-mark to reach 62,25,764. Of the total, 97,497 people have succumbed to the virus, 9,40,441 are active cases, while as many as 51,87,826 people have been treated and discharged so far.
While the last couple of weeks have been a period of welcome slowdown in the spread of novel coronavirus epidemic across the country, the most prolonged, consistent and significant decline in growth rates have been seen in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Tamil Nadu.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari Wednesday said he has recovered from the coronavirus infection and thanked people for their blessings and good wishes. “I feel glad to inform you all that with your blessings and good wishes, I have recovered from coronavirus. Thanks for your affection,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, daily coronavirus cases in India dropped below 75,000 and less than 1,000 deaths were reported in a day after nearly a month. India’s recovery rate is 83.33 per cent, the highest in the world. The fatality rate, on the other hand, is 1.57 per cent. Meanwhile, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The global death toll due to Covid-19 passed the one million mark on Tuesday, most of which have been reported in the United States, followed by Brazil and India. These three countries account for nearly 45 per cent of Covid-19 deaths globally. According to Reuters, over 5,400 people die from the disease every 24 hours. This results into around 226 people succumbing to disease per hour, or one person every 16 seconds.