India has surpassed a grim milestone of 57-lakh COVID-19 cases, with a spike of 89,688 new cases in the last 24 hours. A total of 1,152 fatalities were recorded on Wednesday.
The total case tally now stands at 5,737,197 including 971,006 active cases, 4,674,987 recoveries and 91,204 deaths.
However, according to the Health Ministry, India’s recovery rate improves as the nation’s daily recovery cases surpassed the daily infections for the sixth consecutive day.
Today, the total recovery cases in the country are 4,674,987, exceeding the active cases by more than 37 lakh.
The Union Health Ministry informed that nearly 74% of new COVID-19 recoveries are from 10 states, including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, UP, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Delhi, and Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi has remarked that only 60 high caseload districts across seven states are a cause of concern, during a virtual meeting with chief ministers and representatives of seven worst-affected states.
Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi Dies of COVID-19
Minister of State for Railways and Karnataka BJP MP Suresh Angadi lost his life while undergoing treatment for coronavirus infection at the AIIMS Trauma Centre on Wednesday.
A four-time MP from Belagavi, Angadi is the first Union Minister to have died of COVID-19.
The 65-year-old MP had, on September 11, twitted that he had contracted the infection and had requested all those who came in close contact with him to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms.
“Shri Suresh Angadi was an exceptional Karyakarta, who worked hard to make the Party strong in Karnataka. He was a dedicated MP and effective Minister, admired across the spectrum. His demise is saddening. My thoughts are with his family and friends in this sad hour. Om Shanti,” twitted PM Modi.
Nuclear Scientist Sekhar Basu Succumbed to COVID-19
Veteran nuclear scientist and former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Sekhar Basu, died of COVID-19 at a private hospital today.
The 68-year-old Padma Shri Awardee was suffering from coronavirus infection and other kidney ailments.