The number of coronavirus cases in India crossed 30 Lakh just 15 days after the country reported 20 Lakh cases, according to data. India registered more than 20 Lakh coronavirus cases on August 7.
Currently, India has 7,08,558 active cases while 22,61,051 people have been treated and discharged. The recovery rate has soared past 74.69 per cent and the case fatality rate has also dropped further to 1.87 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said. Also, a cumulative total of 3,44,91,073 samples have been tested up to August 21 with 10,23,836 samples being tested on Friday, the highest done in a day so far.
Globally, 22,949,234 people have been infected with the virus so far, including over 7.9 lakh who died.
In other news, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote to all the state governments reiterating that inter-state movement of people and goods cannot be stopped as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 as it is creating problems. The Union Home Ministry has sent multiple such reminders to the states in recent past.
The World Health Organisation, meanwhile, said the world should be able to rein in the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years. European nations have been battling rising numbers of new cases after brief lull. Western Europe has been enduring the kind of infection levels not seen in many months, particularly in Germany, France, Spain and Italy — sparking fears of a full-fledged second wave.