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With Over 67K New Cases, India's COVID-19 Tally Crosses 32 Lakh

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An employee wears a face shield and mask while serving food during a trial-run at Bukhara Restaurant inside ITC Maurya Hotel New Delhi on Saturday

In the last 24 hours, the number of active cases has reduced by 6,400.

Notably, India's journey to the 31-lakh mark COVID cases took 208 days since the emergence of the first case on January 30. He said the figure has improved from 363 tests per million per day on August 1 to more than 600 tests per million per day.

At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in the country has reached 31,67,324 cases, which include 7,04,348 active cases; 24,04,585 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 58,390 deaths. That accounts for 19% of total cases.

"'The recovery rate is now more than 75%", Rajesh Bhushan said.

"The WHO has advised that a country needs 140 tests per day per million population as a measure for comprehensive surveillance for suspected COVID19 cases", it stated.

To a question on Russian COVID-19 vaccine, he said as far as Sputnik-5 vaccine (COVID-19 vaccine developed in Russia) is concerned, India and Russia are in communication.

In a first, nearly 6,000 more people in the country recovered from COVID-19 than were infected by the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said today as India continued to throw up the highest number of daily cases in the world.

With a total of 6,82,383 cases and 22,253 deaths, Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, followed by Tamil Nadu with 3,79,385 cases and 6,517 deaths. So far, total 2,512,337 tests have been carried out in the country, including 24,593 in the last 24 hours. The recovered cases are 3.4 times more than the active cases in the country. However, infections are rising rapidly in states like Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The state has added 119,069 cases in the past 10 days alone.

Meanwhile, Illinois State University reported 353 student cases on Wednesday. Conversely, 991 new cases were reported August 13.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate has declined to 1.84 percent.

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