Updated: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 11:32 AM IST
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India recorded nearly 31,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the overall caseload in the country to over 3.27 crore. The death toll also climbed up to over 4.38 lakh after 359 new fatalities were recorded during the same span of time. Of the total cases reported today, Kerala logged more than 19,000 cases and 160 deaths.
According to the data by the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday morning, India registered 30,941 new COVID infections in the last 24 hours taking the total cases in the country to 3,27,68,880, while the death toll due to the deadly pathogen rose to 4,38,560 after 350 deaths in the same span of time.
The active cases in the country further declined to 3,70,640 after 36,275 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. A decrease of 5,684 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The active cases comprise 1.13 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.53 per cent, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, Kerala reported 19,622 new positive cases and 132 COVID-19-related deaths, taking the caseload to 40,27,030 and the death toll to 20,673. State health minister Veena George said 1,17,216 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was 16.74 per cent. Among the districts, Thrissur reported the highest number of cases today--3,177, followed by Ernakulam with 2,315 and Kozhikode 1,916.
22,563 persons recuperated from the disease on Monday, taking the total cured to 37,96,317. Currently, there are 2,09,493 active cases. According to the health department, there are 353 wards under 70 local self-government bodies in the state with a weekly infection population ratio of over eight per cent.
|Name of State / UT||Active Cases*||Cured/Discharged/Migrated*||Deaths**|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||5||7431||129|
|Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu||6||10653||4|
|Jammu and Kashmir||1264||319582||4407|
Amid the concerns over the third wave of COVID-19, Dr Samiran Panda, the head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that the states which did not face an intense second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are now with the increasing trend of COVID-19 cases, showing early signs of the third wave.
Dr Panda said that it is important to not talk of India as a whole and to instead take a state-specific view when talking about COVID-19 because all the states are not homogenous.
"Several states began imposing COVID-19 restrictions and increased vaccinations, learning from Delhi and Maharashtra. Due to this, the second wave in several states was not as intense, leaving scope for a third wave. Therefore, the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in some states presently is indicating a third wave," he said.