India saw record 29,429 fresh coronavirus cases in a day, even as the recovery rate improved just marginally to 63.23 percent with the number of recoveries exceeding active cases by 2.72 lakh.
Active cases in the country rose a record today, pushing its overall tally to 9,36,181 with the death toll climbing to 24309 with 582 people succumbing to the infection in past 24 hours, according to Health Ministry’s latest data.
In past 24 hours, 20572 patients were declared cured, taking the number of recoveries to 592031. This is the highest ever patients cured in a single day. There are 319840 active cases of the coronavirus infection currently in the country. The recovery rate currently stands at 63.23% while the number of recoveries exceed active cases by 2.72 lakh.
This is the sixth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases in the country have increased by more than 26,000.
Meanwhile several states have reimposed lockdown in selected areas for varying periods to check the surge in COVID-19.
A week-long total shutdown came into effect in Bengaluru from 8 pm on Tuesday. Karnataka’s Dharwad and Dakshina Kannada districts too will come under lockdown for nine days and seven days respectively from today. There was a huge rush of customers at grocery stores and liquor shops ahead of the lockdown.
Besides Karnataka, states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have already announced area-wise lockdown for different durations.
West Bengal on Tuesday extended the total lockdown in containment zones till July 19, the state home department said.
Sikkim also imposed total lockdown in Rongli and Pakyong sub-divisions from 6 AM on Wednesday.
Meanwhile Bihar yesterday extended the curbs to the whole of the state from July 16 to July 31. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi announced the 15-day total lockdown in the state from July 16. A shutdown had earlier been imposed in nearly a third of its 38 districts.