69,239 Covid Cases In India In 24 hours, Over 30 Lakh Total Cases

India COVID-19 Cases: India crossed 30 lakh-mark just 15 days after the country reported 20 lakh cases, according to data.

India tested the highest number of samples on Friday.

New Delhi: India recorded single-day jump of 69,239 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 30,44,940 cases, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. About 22,80,566 lakh people have recovered. 56,706 Covid-linked deaths have been registered so far; 912 patients have died since yesterday, according to the official data. The recovery rate stood at 74.89 per cent this morning. India is behind Brazil and the US in the number of cases in the world.

Here are top 10 developments on coronavirus cases in India:

  1. It took India just 206 days to cross the 30 lakh-mark. The milestone came just 16 days after the country reported 20 lakh cases, according to data. India logged more than 20 lakh Covid cases on August 7.

  2. The country has been reporting the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases for the last 18 days.The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said India has been testing around 74.7 people per lakh population, much higher than WHO's guidelines of testing 14 people per lakh population.

  3. India tested the highest number of samples on Friday - 10,23,836. About 3.5 crore samples have been tested so far; one sample can be tested more than once. The positivity rate - an indicator of the prevalance of the disease- stood at 8.64 per cent this morning.

  4. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday that India's first vaccine could be available by end of this year. "One of our COVID-19 vaccine candidates is in the third phase of the clinical trial. We are very confident that a vaccine will be developed by end of this year," he said.

  5. With 6,61,942 cases, Maharashtra has the highest cases in India, followed by Tamil Nadu (3,73,410) and Andhra Pradesh (3,45,216).

  6. Several states have announced fresh restrictions amid spike in cases. Haryana on Friday announced weekend lockdown and said all offices and shops will remain shut on weekends, except stores selling essential items.

  7. Punjab ordered daily night curfew (7 pm to 5 am) from Friday and a weekend lockdown in all 167 cities and towns in the state, as part of a strict response to the worrying surge in coronavirus cases.

  8. Amid the outbreak, Ganesh Ghaturthi celebrations across the country have been scaled down. Most major cities have ordered that the 10-day celebrations, which draw thousands of Hindu devotees onto the streets, be shrunk back.

  9. The number of deaths has surpassed 8 lakh around the world. Latin America and the Caribbean is the worst-affected region with 254,897 deaths. More than half of global fatalities have been reported in four countries - the US, Brazil, Mexico and India.

  10. Several countries are working on a number of vaccines to fight the novel coronavirus, which causes the highly infectious disease COVID-19. Russia plans to roll out its "Sputnik-V" vaccine even before full trials.