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Coronavirus: India’s Covid-19 cases cross 50 lakh-mark

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 10,97,856 cases, including 30,409 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

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New Delhi: With a massive spike of 90,123 cases, including 1,290 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally on Wednesday crossed the grim mark of 50 lakh, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The total corona tally stands at 50,20,359 cases.

On July 17, India had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh in 20 days on August 7. The country added another 10 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5. In 11 days, it added another 10 lakh cases, mounting to 50 lakh cases on Wednesday.

Out of the total cases, 9,95,933 are active, 39,42,360 have been discharged, while 82,066 lost the battle against the viral disease. In the last 24 hours, 82,961 patients were discharged.

While the recovery rate stands at a whooping high of 78.53 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.63 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 10,97,856 cases, including 30,409 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

On Monday, the ministry asked Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu to ramp up their testing. These are the states whose positivity rates are faring above the national average. Meanwhile, four of these states account for more than half (53.5 per cent) of the active cases.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 11,16,842 sample tests in a single day on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,94,29,115.

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Covid like a forest fire, says Pinarayi Vijayan

The Chief Minister said that the state has 93,291 active cases, while 2,74,675 people have so far been cured. Meanwhile, there were 23 more deaths, taking the toll to 1,255.

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Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 23 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday compared Covid to a forest fire, stressing on maintaining vigilance to prevent the the disease’s spread.

“Covid is like a forest fire. Just like a forest fire… when it seems to have ended, it suddenly comes back with greater force. Covid is like that and hence there should be no relaxation of caution,” he said.

“It has also come to notice people are having an attitude that ‘let Covid strike’, but that’s dangerous because post Covid complications cannot be ruled out. One per cent of Covid patients seems to have post-Covid syndrome. Even after testing negative, 10 days quarantine should be undertaken,” Vijayan added.

His comments came as the state recorded 7,482 more coronavirus cases, while 7,593 patients tested negative.

The Chief Minister said that the state has 93,291 active cases, while 2,74,675 people have so far been cured. Meanwhile, there were 23 more deaths, taking the toll to 1,255.

He said that in the past 24 hours, 56,093 samples were tested, and it had been decided that the number of daily tests is increased.

Kerala has 2,80,926 people under observation, including 23,193 people in hospitals, while there are 618 hotspots.

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Karnataka recoveries shot up to 13,550; new cases dip

Higher discharges were reported from districts across the state, with 1,352 from Mysuru, 339 from Mandya and 314 from Davangere.

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Bengaluru, Oct 23 : Maintaining its upward trend, Covid recoveries shot up to 13,550 on a day, while new cases declined to 5,778 across Karnataka.

“With 13,550 patients discharged on Wednesday, recoveries soared to 6,84,835 till date, while 5,778 fresh cases took the state’s Covid tally to 7,88,551, including 92,927 active cases so far,” said the state’s health bulletin on Thursday.

The pandemic claimed 74 lives in the last 24 hours across the southern state, taking its death toll to 10,770, including 3,667 in Bengaluru, with 36 in the last 24 hours.

Discharges also increased to 7,683 on a day in Bengaluru, taking its recoveries to 2,56,267 till date, while 2,807 new cases increased its Covid tally to 3,18,366, including 58,431 active cases so far.

“The number of recoveries in the state outnumbered the number of new cases for the 8th consecutive day,” state health and medical education minister K. Sudhakar tweeted on Thursday.

Higher discharges were reported from districts across the state, with 1,352 from Mysuru, 339 from Mandya and 314 from Davangere.

Of the 940 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs), 371 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 67 in Ballari, 55 in Dharwad, 45 in Chamarajanagar and 44 in Hassan.

Out of 1,07,354 tests conducted in 155 labs across the state on Wednesday, 20,853 were through rapid antigen detection and 86,501 through RT-PCR method, which is over 80 per cent of the total tests.

“Positivity rate declined to 5.38 per cent and case fatality rate at 1.28 per cent,” the bulletin said.

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Thunderstorms likely at few places in Andhra’s Rayalaseema

The depression lay at a latitude of 18.7 degrees north and 87 degrees east longitude, about 180 km southeast of Paradip in Odisha, 350 km southeast of Sagar Islands in West Bengal and 490 km southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.

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Amaravati, Oct 22 : The Met Department has forecast thunderstorms with lightning at isolated places in Andhra Pradesh’s Rayalaseema on Friday.

Rayalaseema comprises the four districts of Kurnool, Anantapur, Kadapa and Chittor in southern Andhra Pradesh.

However, the Met Department did not predict any rainfall on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Meanwhile, the well-marked low pressure area over west central Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood has concentrated into a depression over northwest and adjoining west central region off the east coast.

The depression lay at a latitude of 18.7 degrees north and 87 degrees east longitude, about 180 km southeast of Paradip in Odisha, 350 km southeast of Sagar Islands in West Bengal and 490 km southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.

“It is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move north northeastwards and cross West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coast as a deep depression between Sagar Islands and Khepupara on Friday afternoon,” said a Met official.

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