COVID-19 cases have been surging in India. For 12 consecutive days, India’s reported number of cases was higher than that of both US and Brazil.
Since 4th August, the cases of COVID-19 in India have been continuously surging and were higher than both US and Brazil. On 16th August, the Union Ministry said, India recorded over 63,000 cases that day. Which made it the 12th consecutive day of highest COVID-19 reported cases in the world.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), India had been reporting COVID-19 cases higher than the US and Brazil for 12 consecutive days. The Union Health Ministry on Sunday tweeted, that India had one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world and is constantly reducing.
“Scientists are working hard on coronavirus vaccine and if their efforts bear fruit, COVID-19 warriors will be the first ones to get the dose,” Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey said on Saturday, news agency PTI reported.
According to MoHFW, India currently has reported over 26 lakh cases. The recovery rate has crossed 70% and now stands at 72.51%. Over 19 lakh people have been discharged. Active cases currently stand at 6.7 lakh and more than 50,000 people have passed on due to virus. India’s current positivity rate is at 8.50%.
Maharashtra remains the most affected state in the country with cases nearing 6 lakhs. Following Maharashtra are the states Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh with 3.38 Lakhs and 2.90 Lakhs respectively.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said on Saturday, that three coronavirus vaccines are at different stages of testing in India and the government has a plan to ensure that a vaccine, when approved, reaches every Indian. He addressed this during his speech on the 74th Independence Day on 15th August at the Red Fort, Delhi.