Coronavirus: India is currently the seventh among the 10 nations hit worst by the virus,
India's tally of coronavirus cases has cross 2.16 lakh after a record number of 9,304 people tested positive for the deadly virus infection in the last 24 hours. The total cases in the country stood at 2,16,919, including 6,075 deaths, Union Health Ministry data shows. As India and other nations fight the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday that clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine will resume as it searches for potential coronavirus treatments. The WHO had said last month that it had temporarily suspended the trials to conduct a safety review, which has now concluded there is "no reason" to change the way the trials are conducted.
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The country's recovery rate - number of patients who have successfully fought the illness - stood at 47.99 per cent this morning. 1,04,107 people have recovered, the Health Ministry said.
Maharashtra - the state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India - reported the highest single-day spike in coronavirus deaths on Wednesday with 122 fatalities, taking the total number of deaths in the state to 2,587. The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 74,860. 2,560 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Maharashtra on Wednesday, of which 1,276 cases were reported in Mumbai.
Tamil Nadu, which has over 25,000 virus cases. Remains the state with the state with the second-highest number of cases. For the fourth straight day, the state reported over 1,000 cases.
National capital Delhi, which has 23,645 coronavirus cases, remains the state with the third-highest number of cases in the country. The Delhi government said on Wednesday that very person arriving in the city by train, bus or flight, will now have to undergo compulsory home quarantine for a week, changing its earlier rule where no quarantine was required.
Assam reported a single-day spike of 269 cases, with the state's total cases going up to 1,830. Over 90 per cent of patients in Assam are asymptomatic or without symptoms of the infection, state government sources said.
Even as Telangana crossed the 3,000-mark with 129 new patients and seven deaths in the last 24 hours, a big concern arising of hospitals turning into virus hotspots. 31 doctors and three lab technicians have reportedly tested positive in state-run hospitals.
India is currently the seventh among the 10 nations hit worst by the virus,
The United States - the worst-hit country - recorded 919 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,07,099, according to the latest real-time tally Wednesday reported by Johns Hopkins University.
Globally, 64,30,800 people have been infected with the highly contagious virus.
The novel coronavirus first surfaced in December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.