By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi |Updated: August 19, 2020 5:16:57pm
Coronavirus Live Updates: In the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, India reported 64,531 new cases of Covid-19 and 1,092 deaths. India’s tally of 2,771,958 cases includes 680,203 patients undergoing treatment, 2,038,709 patients who have recovered and 53,046 deaths.
For the first time since May, India’s positivity rate is declining. This indicates that of those who are being tested for the disease, a far lesser number of people are being found infected now than earlier. The positivity rate peaked at 9.01 per cent on August 9, after which it has begun to decline. It is now 8.72 per cent.
Maharashtra, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the states with the highest number of cases in the country. Andhra Tuesday became the third state after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu to cross the three lakh mark. The state now has 3,06,261 cases. It took 160 days for the state to go from one to three lakh cases after the first person tested positive for the contagion on March 12. The last one lakh, however, came at a quicker pace in just 11 days.
As of Wednesday, more than 22 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus in the world, while nearly 775,000 people have succumbed to the disease, according to a Reuters tally. Around 14 million people have recovered from Covid-19. Since the outbreak in China’s Wuhan last December, the infection has spread to over 210 countries and territories.
The United States has the highest number of Covid-19 cases (5,656,204), followed by Brazil (3,411,872) and India. Russia ranks fourth with 937,321 cases, while South Africa is fifth with 592,144 infections.
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