Here are the top 10 updates on coronavirus:
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are the five states which reported the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours. These states are currently contributing 49 per cent to India's total active cases and 52 per cent of total deaths, according to the government.
Even though the daily cases are among the highest in the world, the caseload, when compared with the population, is "among the lowest", the government has said. The number of COVID-19 cases per million population in the country stands at 3,102, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, adding that the number of COVID-19 cases per million population in Brazil and the US -- the other two worst-hit countries -- is 6 times that of India.
More than five crore tests for detection of COVID-19 have been conducted in the country so far, according to the Health Ministry. The average Tests Per Million Per Day have increased from 237 in the second week of July to 758 in the first week of September, it said.
Maharashtra -- which still accounts for nearly a quarter of the new daily cases -- reported 20,131 new infections and 380 deaths on Tuesday. The state's COVID-19 tally now stand at 9,43,772, including 2,43,446 active cases and 6,72,556 recoveries. Over 27,000 people have lost battle against Covid in the state so far.
Delhi added a record single-day spike of 3,609 fresh infections on Tuesday, the highest single-day spike in 76 days, taking the tally to over 1.97 lakh. Over 45,000 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the national capital in last 24 hours for the first time, officials said. In neighbouring Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's office informed that 40 staff members at his residence tested positive for coronavirus in the last few days.
"Don't be negligent about precautions. Wear mask at all times and maintain a 6 feet distance," the government said in a fresh appeal on Tuesday after India reported a record rise in the number of Covid-related deaths. The Health Ministry has sent its teams to worst-affected districts, and they have been holding meetings to identify and plug lapses. It added that India is still maintaining a progressively low fatality rate of 1.7 per cent compared to global average of 3.28 per cent.
The Convalescent Plasma (CP) therapy has not helped in reducing Covid-related deaths, the India Council of Medical Research (ICMR) revealed in a study. The top medical research body said that the revelations were based on a study in 39 hospitals across India.
Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said that it had "voluntarily paused" a randomized clinical trial of its coronavirus vaccine after a volunteer developed an unexplained illness. AstraZeneca is one of nine companies currently in late-stage Phase 3 trials for their vaccine candidates.
The government is working to facilitate Russia's request for conducting phase 3 human trials and manufacturing the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the Centre said on Tuesday. The vaccine has triggered a "strong" immune response in phases 1 and 2 of the clinical trials on 76 people, according to researchers.
Worldwide, Covid-19 has killed more than 870,000 people and infected more than 2.6 crore since it was discovered in China late last year. The World Health Organization has said that it does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year.