COVID cases cross 9 lakh

NEW DELHI, July 14:
With the number of COVID-19 cases crossing the nine lakh-mark today, the Health Ministry said that 86 per cent of the total active cases are confined to 10 affected states with Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu accounting for 50 per cent of them.
Despite being the second-most populous country of the world, the daily growth rate of new COVID-19 cases in India has been coming down continuously from around 38.2 per cent in March to 3.24 per cent on July 12, Rajesh Bhushan, the officer on special duty in the Health Ministry, told a press briefing.
He said Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are the two most affected States contributing to 50 per cent of the total active cases (amounting to 1,54,134 cases).
Karnataka, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Gujarat and Assam are the other affected states that contribute to 36 per cent of the total active cases (1,11,068 cases).
The official further said that 22 States are doing more than 140 COVID-19 tests per day per million in line with comprehensive testing guidance note by the WHO and asked the remaining states and Union Territories to increase testing accordingly.
India’s Coronavirus infection caseload surged to 9,06,752 today while the death toll climbed to 23,727, according to the Ministry’s data updated at 8 am.
According to a PTI tally, the total number of cases is 909743, the number of discharged people is 573477 and the death tally is 23770.
Bhushan said the total recovered cases of COVID-19 are about 1.8 times the number of active cases. (PTI)