With a spike of 82,170 new cases on Monday, India's coronavirus tally crossed the 60-lakh mark with nearly 11 lakh cases recorded in the last 13 days.
India's coronavirus tally crossed the 60-lakh mark on Monday with a spike of 82,170 new cases and 1,039 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The case tally stands at 60,74,703 including 9,62,640 active cases, 5,01,6521 cured/discharged/migrated & 95,542 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
On Sunday, India recorded 88,600 fresh cases and 1,124 deaths in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The health ministry data updated at 8 am on Sunday showed that the coronavirus caseload in India has risen to 59,92,533.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 7,19,67,230 samples have been tested so far. Of these, 7,09,394 samples were tested on Sunday.
The Indian population is still far from achieving herd immunity against Covid-19, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday citing ICMR's second sero-survey .
While citing the unreleased second sero-survey conducted by the Indian Council for Medical Research, the minister urged people to continue to adhere to protocols he referred to as 'social vaccine' in his address to Parliament earlier this month. The use of face masks is most important and they must be worn even in places of worship, Dr Harsh Vardhan added.
The sero-survey report should not create a sense of complacency among the people, he went on to say during the 'Sunday Samvad' interaction with his followers on social media.
In its first sero-survey released in May 2020, ICMR had revealed that the nationwide prevalence of Covid-19 was merely 0.73 per cent.
India's coronavirus tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and it went past 50 lakh on September 16.
Source: India Today
BDST: 1255 HRS, SEP 28, 2020