COVID-19 count in India inched closer to the grim milestone of 2 lakh-mark. The states registered over 8,000 fresh cases for the third straight day. The total number of coronavirus patients in India rose to 198,706.
Maharashtra continued to report the highest fresh cases while Tamil Nadu witnessed the biggest spike on Monday. However, the number of fresh coronavirus cases dipped slightly in the national capital.
The number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic rose to 204, the third highest single-day count so far. Coronavirus claimed 5,598 lives in India, nearly 2.8% of total COVID-19 patients. Maharashtra reported 76 deaths in last 24 hours.
The number of active patients in India increased to 97,581. On the positive side, the total number patients who were recovered from the disease inched towards 1 lakh-mark. As many as 95,526 were cured from the deadly virus.
“While the recovery rate is increasing on one hand, case fatality is going down on the other,” the health ministry said on Monday. “A steady decline can be seen in the case fatality rate in the country. The relatively low death rate is attributed to the continued focus on surveillance, timely case identification and clinical management of the cases,” the ministry said.
Over 62 lakh coronavirus cases were reported across the world. The deadly virus killed 3.75 lakh people worldwide. The United States was the worst-hit by COVID-19 pandemic. The country reported over 18 lakh coronavirus cases. The fatalities crossed 1.05 lakh in the US.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the new coronavirus has not suddenly become less pathogenic, following claims by a leading Italian doctor that COVID-19 had lost some of its potency.