Coronavirus: 28,701 new Covid-19 cases, 500 deaths take India’s tally beyond 8.78 lakh

India’s tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) stood at 878,254 with another single-day spike of 28,701 fresh cases and 500 deaths, according to the Union health ministry on Monday.

India has added nearly three lakh Covid-19 cases in the last 13 days—on July 1 there were 585,493 infections.

The health ministry’s dashboard showed 553,470 people have been cured of the viral disease, 18,850 between Sunday and Monday morning, taking the recovery rate to 63%.

There are 301,609 active cases of Covid-19 across the country. The death toll in India, the third worst-hit nation in the world, stands at 23,174.

The country’s worst-affected state of Maharashtra has 254,427 Covid-19 cases and 10289 deaths, while Tamil Nadu has reported 138,470 infections and 1,966 fatalities. Delhi has had 112,494 Covid-19 cases and 3,371 deaths so far.

Several states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Assam, have extended their lockdown curbs in hotspots in yet another attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease.

“India’s clinical protocol has focused on early detection through widespread testing, surveillance, prompt triaging and clinical management of cases,” Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday.

“This has resulted in one of the lowest case fatality rate of 2.66%. Our success can be seen in the recovery rate which is almost 63% with more than 5.3 lakh patients recovered,” he said.

He added as the country proceeds further into Unlock 2.0, it is critical to ensure that everyone relies on the “social vaccine” of “do gaj ki doori” and must follow appropriate behaviour.

According to Johns Hopkins University, 12.8 million people have contracted the viral disease and 568,528 have succumbed till date.

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