India’s coronavirus cases cross 8 lakh, death toll nears 22,000

On July 10, Tamil Nadu accounted for 3680 new cases and Delhi for 2089 fresh cases followed by West Bengal with 1198 new cases.

Healthcare workers in Mumbai wearing PPEs (Photo Credits: AP)

Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in India crossed the 8 lakh mark on Friday after new cases were reported from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi.

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW) COVID update on Friday morning, the official tally still stands at 7,93,802. However, the addition of new cases detected by the health departments of various state governments now put the tally beyond 8 lakhs and the same is expected to be updated in MoHFW’s COVID dashboard on Saturday morning.

The development comes at a time when several districts across India are re-imposing lockdowns to contain the spread of infection and break the chain. These include Pune and Thane in Maharashtra and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala among others along with the whole of Uttar Pradesh.

The Union Health Ministry said on Friday that the national fatality rate for Covid-19 patients has declined to 2.72 per cent, adding that the fatality rate of 30 states/UTs is lower than the national average.

At the same time, the MoHFW has asserted that the national recovery rate is now 62.42 per cent with 18 states/UTs reporting a recovery rate higher than the national average.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan spoke to Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar on Friday and discussed measures to lower the death rate through early diagnosis. “Deployed 350 mobile fever clinics on wheels & screening 35-40,000 persons daily in #Chennai. Advised increased testing & other containment strategies. Rural areas with sudden spurt remains a point of concern,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
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