Corona toll in India stands at 4167; cases climb upwards to reach 1,45 lakh      

The toll due to Coronavirus infection rose to 4,167 in India even as the number of covid cases stood at about 1.45 lakhs on May 26. The country registered an increase of 146 deaths and 6,535 cases since Monday, the Union Health Ministry said.

India is now one among ten countries in the world that has the most number of covid cases. However, the Ministry said that the recovery rate in the country continued to improve and presently it stood at 41.61 per cent. A total of 60,490 patients have so far recovered from COVID-19, the Ministry said in an official release.

Of the 146 deaths reported, 60 were in Maharashtra, 30 in Gujarat, 15 in Delhi, ten in Madhya Pradesh, seven in Tamil Nadu, six in West Bengal, four each in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, three in Telangana, two each in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka and one in Kerala.

Maharashtra tops the fatality chart with 1,695 deaths. Gujarat with 888 deaths follows Maharashtra. While Madhya Pradesh reported 300 deaths, West Bengal recorded 278.  Delhi reported 276, Rajasthan 167, Uttar Pradesh 165, Tamil Nadu 118 and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana reported 56 deaths each.

While Karnatakla recorded 44 deaths, Punjab had 40 deaths on record. Jammu and Kashmir reported 23 fatalities and Haryana 16 deaths. Bihar has so far reported 13 and Odisha seven deaths. Five deaths were reported from Kerala and Himachal Pradesh. Meanwhile Jharkhand and Assam recorded four deaths each. Three corona related deaths were seen in Chandigarh and Uttarakhand.

It also said that the case fatality rate also showed a downward trend from 3.30 per cent (as on April 15) to around 2.87 per cent now, which was amongst the lowest in the world. The global average for case fatality is presently around 6.45 per cent. The case mortality per lakh population indicated that India has about 0.3 deaths per lakh population which is amongst the lowest in the world against the statistics of 4.4 deaths per lakh population for the world. The relatively low death figures, both in terms of mortality per lakh population and case fatality rate, represent timely case identification and clinical management of the cases,. The Ministry said.

The Health Ministry also claimed that testing capacity has been increased in the country and is on track to meet the emerging requirements. India is now testing an approximate 1.1 lakh samples per day. Capacity has been increased by augmenting number of labs, shifts, RT-PCR machines and manpower. As of today, India has 612 total labs, 430 run by ICMR and 182 in the private sector to test the population for COVID-19 infection, the Ministry said.

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