India records over 22,000 COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs, total tally tops 6.48 lakh; recovery rate improves to 60.80%

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Updated: Jul 04, 2020 11:11 AM

Coronavirus India News Updates: The total number of people who have recovered from the highly contagious disease stands at 3,94,227, the Union Health Ministry said.

Coronavirus Latest Updates, Covid 19 news, Covid 19 india latest news, coronavirus vaccineCoronavirus Latest Updates: The number of active cases in country is 2,35,433. (File Photo)

India Coronavirus Cases Latest News Today: With the biggest 24-hour jump of 22,771 coronavirus cases, India’s COVID-19 tally has reached 6,48,315, latest data released by the Union Health Ministry showed on Saturday. The death toll has touched 18,655 with 442 more deaths. However, there’s a silver lining amid the rapidly rising cases as the recovery rate has improved to 60.80 per cent. The total number of people who have recovered from the highly contagious disease stands at 3,94,227. The number of active cases in country is 2,35,433, the ministry added.

In the last 24 hours, Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of deaths 198, while 64 were reported from Tamil Nadu. The national capital Delhi accounted for 59 deaths, 21 from Karnataka, 18 each from Gujarat and West Bengal, news agency PTI reported.

While Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state over 1.92 lakh coronavirus cases and 8,376 deaths, Delhi’s COVID-19 tally has crossed 94,000 and the death toll in the city stands at 2,923.

Tamil Nadu’s coronavirus tally crossed one lakh-mark on Friday making it the second worst-affected state in the country. Karnataka has over 19,000 cases and the death toll in the state has reached 293.

With over six lakh COVID-19 cases, India is at the fourth spot in the global list of worst-affected nations behind only to the US, Brazil and Russia. The United States of America has recorded 27,93,435 coronavirus cases and the death toll has reached 1,29,405, a latest update from Johns Hopkins University showed.

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set a deadline of August 15 for the launch of public use of COVID-19 vaccine candidate BBV152, developed by Bharat Biotech International Limited. The ICMR has written to 12 hospitals, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, to fast-track clinical trial of the vaccine candidate. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had earlier projected that a vaccine for coronavirus infection may only be available in the next 12-18 months.

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