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Coronavirus in India | COVID-19 cases cross 14.8 lakh, recovery rate climbs to 64.2%

India's COVID-19 death toll rose to 33,425 on July 28. However, the recovery rate also increased to 64.2 percent.

July 28, 2020 / 12:15 PM IST
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India's COVID-19 tally rose to 14.8 lakh on July 28 with an increase of 47,703 confirmed cases in one day. The number of recoveries surged to 9.5 lakh, pushing the recovery rate to 64.2 percent, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

The country's death toll due to the disease rose to 33,425 with 654 deaths being reported in the 24-hour period, the data updated at 8.00 am showed. The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners.

There are 4.9 lakh active cases of novel coronavirus infection in the country. According to the data, the fatality rate is 2.25 percent.

This is the sixth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 45,000.

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Of the 654 deaths reported, 227 are from Maharashtra, 77 from Tamil Nadu, 75 from Karnataka, 49 from Andhra Pradesh, 39 from West Bengal, 30 from Uttar Pradesh, 26 from Delhi, 22 from Gujarat, 17 from Telangana, 12 from Punjab and 10 from Rajasthan.

Nine fatalities each have been reported from Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, seven each from Assam and Odisha, five from Haryana, four each from Tripura and Jharkhand, three each from Puducherry and Uttarakhand,  two each from Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, and one each from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Read: Coronavirus state-wise tally July 28

Of the total 33,425 deaths reported so far, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 13,883, followed by 3,853 in Delhi, 3,571 in Tamil Nadu, 2,348 in Gujarat, 1,953 in Karnataka, 1,456 in Uttar Pradesh, 1,411 in West Bengal, 1,090 in Andhra Pradesh and 820 in Madhya Pradesh.

So far, 631 people have died of COVID-19 in Rajasthan, 480 in Telangana, 397 in Haryana, 321 in Jammu and Kashmir, 318 in Punjab, 253 in Bihar, 147 in Odisha, 89 in Jharkhand, 86 in Assam, 66 in Uttarakhand and 63 in Kerala.

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Chhattisgarh has registered 44 deaths, Puducherry 43, Goa 36, Tripura 17, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh 14 each, Meghalaya and Nagaland five each, Ladakh four, Arunachal Pradesh three, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu two and Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Sikkim one each.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

(With inputs from PTI)

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first published: Jul 28, 2020 11:26 am

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