India crosses 1-lakh coronavirus cases after 64 days, govt claims faring much better than others

Hundreds of more people tested positive on Tuesday for the deadly coronavirus infection across India with a large number of them have returned from other states or from abroad, even as officials said India’s mortality rate has been very low and it has taken much longer here for the tally to hit the one-lakh mark than many other countries.

In its morning 8 AM update, the Union Health Ministry said the total number of confirmed cases has reached 1,01,139 and the death toll has risen to 3,163. This marked an increase of nearly 5,000 cases and 134 fatalities in a 24-hour period.

More than 39,000 patients have recovered too, still leaving over 59,000 active cases in the country — which is the seventh-largest globally after the US, Russia, Brazil, France, Italy and Peru.

INDIA FARING BETTER THAN WORLD: GOVT

The Health Ministry said that for every one lakh population, there are 7.1 coronavirus cases in India so far, as against 60 globally.

Referring to data from the World Health Organisation, the ministry said 45,25,497 Covid-19 cases had been reported worldwide till Monday, which is about 60 cases per lakh population.

Among the countries with a very high load of coronavirus cases, the US, with 14,09,452 instances of the infection so far, has around 431 cases per lakh population. In the UK, this ratio is 494 cases per lakh and for Italy, it is 372.

TOOK 64 DAYS FOR CASES TO CROSS 1 LAKH

Officials also cited data about India having taken 64 days for the count of confirmed cases to increase from 100 to one lakh, which was more than double the time taken by countries like the US and Spain. According to the data sourced from the health ministry and Worldometers, the coronavirus infection cases increased from 100 to 1,00,000 in the US in 25 days, while it took 30 days for the cases to reach the 1 lakh-mark in Spain.

It took 35 days in Germany, 36 days in Italy, 39 days in France and 42 days in the United Kingdom for the coronavirus infection cases to rise from 100 to 1 lakh, respectively.

CONGRESS-UP GOVT FIGHT OVER BUSES FOR MIGRANTS

The war of words between the Uttar Pradesh government and Congress party escalated on Tuesday after leader Priyanka Gandhi asked the state to allow permission for 1,000 buses to ferry migrants.

After two days of back and forth, UP’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home & Information) Awanish Awasthi agreeing to take charge of the buses at the Delhi-UP border itself.

But the row reignited hours later when the UP government said the Congress list of…

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