Coronavirus India Updates: India’s Covid-19 tally breached the 17-lakh mark on Sunday, just two days after it went past 16 lakh. With 54,735 cases within a span of 24 hours, the tally has risen to 17,50,723, while the death toll has touched 37,364. This is the fourth consecutive day that cases have increased by more than 50,000.
The number of recoveries also crossed the 11-lakh mark to stand at 11,45,629. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 1,98,21,831 samples have been tested till August 1, with 4,63,172 samples being tested on Saturday alone. The recovery rate among Covid-19 patients has risen to 65.44 per cent while the fatality rate has further dropped to 2.13 per cent.
Uttar Pradesh minister Kamal Rani Varun, who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, died due to the infection in Lucknow on Sunday. Kamal Rani is the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to die due to Covid-19. She was 62.