India records nearly 70K fresh COVID-19 cases 


NEW DELHI | AUG 22, 2020: 

India recorded 69,878 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the total tally to 29,75,701, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

"In the last 24 hours, 945 people lost their lives due to Covid-19 infection taking the toll to 55,794," the ministry said.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 6,97,330 and the total number of people discharged from hospitals and quarantine centres is 22,22,577. 

63,631 people have recovered in the last 24 hours and the recovery rate stands at 74.69 per cent.

According to the Centre, 3,44,91,073 cumulative total samples have been tested up to August 21, and 10,23,836 samples were tested on Friday.

Andhra Pradesh, which is one of the worst-hit states, has recorded 87,803 active cases. 

The state recorded 3,092 deaths in the last 24 hours and 91 people succumbed to the infection.

In Karnataka, the total active cases are 83,082. 

Maharashtra has 1,64,879 active cases and a total of 21,698 people lost their lives as 339 died in the last 24 hours.

The national capital has 11,426 active Covid-19 cases with 4,270 deaths.