The coronavirus outbreak has affected countries all over the world. While some have successfully managed to somewhat get through their peak, others are witnessing a second wave, with another spell of rising infections and overwhelmed hospitals. In an unfortunate turn of events, India has recorded its highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases on Thursday, with an increase of 66,999 new cases. The total number of coronavirus infections in the country now stands at an approximate 2.4 million. It also recorded 942 deaths in the last 24 hours, which has now pushed the death toll to 47,033.
The number of active cases in the country are 6,53,622 while 16,95,982 patients have been discharged so far, according to Union health ministry update on Thursday morning. There were 60,963 cases and 834 deaths between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, reported Hindustan Times. There have been 6,33,650 cases in the 12 days (till Wednesday) and at least 58,000 cases on an average over the past week every day – the highest in the world.
Today, India ranks third in terms of the number of cases. The country had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7. On the bright side, however, the coronavirus infection fatality rate has declined to 1.98% according to the Indian government. The health ministry added that more than 70% of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. “With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the total recoveries have crossed the 16 lakh-mark and recovery rate has reached another high of 70.38%,” the health ministry reported. An improvement of Covid-19 isolation wards and effective clinical treatment in hospitals, the coordinated services of the ambulances for carrying patients for prompt and timely treatment have helped in efficient patient management, officials added.