January 20, 2021 | 6:43 AM IST
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In barely 10 days, India reports nearly 2 lakh cases; tally nears 8 lakh mark

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, about 1,88,582 confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus have been reported in just 10 days taking the total count to 7,93,802 on Friday. The Ministry also states that an alarming number of about 20,000 infections have been reported almost daily in July, and 26,506 fresh cases were reported on Friday itself.
Statistics reveal that despite the high number of cases, the recovery rate has also increased and now stands at 62.42% (4,95,513), while the death toll stands at 2.75% (21,604) which is very low compared to the global count. 

On the low death rate, the Ministry through a statement said, “This is a result of focused attention on effective surveillance through house-to-house contact tracing, early detection, and isolation as well as timely and effective clinical management of COVID-19 cases.”
However, the Centre has also expressed its concern after the World Health Organisation (WHO) acknowledged the ‘possibility that Covid-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions’ and said that it was closely watching the dynamic evolution of the virus situation in India and was worried about the densely-populated metro cities in the country.
In terms of state-wise statistics, Maharashtra remains on the top with 2,30,599 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu (1,26,581) and Delhi (1,07,051).
However, Uttar Pradesh (32,362), Bihar (13,944) and West Bengal (25,911) governments have announced imposing lockdown to contain the spread of the virus. While the containment areas in West Bengal went into a complete lockdown since Thursday afternoon, the entire UP state will be under lockdown on weekends from Friday 10 pm to Monday 5 am.

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