India on Tuesday recorded 1,01,468 recoveries from the coronavirus in 24 hours, taking the tally to 44,97,867, according to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data. The country’s coronavirus count reached 55,62,663 after the ministry reported a rise of 75,082 cases in a day. The toll rose by 1,053 to 88,935. The mortality rate stood at 1.60%.
Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press briefing that India’s share in total global coronavirus cases was 17.7%. He added that India accounted for 19.5% of worldwide recoveries, which are highest among all countries. NITI Aayog member VK Paul, meanwhile, warned that crowding during the festive season could lead to a huge rise in cases in the country.
United States President Donald Trump alleged that China and the World Health Organization had misguided the world about the coronavirus pandemic in its early stages, by claiming that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the disease and people without symptoms could not spread it. Trump called on the United Nations to hold China accountable for “unleashing the plague” onto the world.
The Delhi High Court stayed the Aam Aadmi Party government’s order directing 33 major private hospitals to reserve 80% of their intensive care unit beds for coronavirus patients. The court held that the decision was “arbitrary and unreasonable”. The Delhi government said it will challenge the order.
Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced that college students will get a full fee refund for cancellation of admissions or migration up to November 30, in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level virtual meeting on Wednesday with the chief ministers and health ministers of seven states and Union Territories to review the coronavirus situation. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab will attend the meeting.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Rajya Sabha that many cooperative banks came under stress during the coronavirus pandemic, adding that their finances were being closely monitored by the Reserve Bank of India.
The toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States surpassed 2,00,000. This is by far the highest number of deaths recorded by any country.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 3.12 crore people and killed 9,63,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of worldwide recoveries crossed 2.1 crore.