New Delhi, 

India has reported a record 66,999 Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 942 deaths in the last 24 hours.The Covid-19 tally in the country has risen to 23,96,638 including 6,53,622 active cases,16,95,982 discharged & 47,033 deaths: Ministry of Health.

The total number of samples tested up to 12th August is 2,68,45,688 including 8,30,391 samples tested yesterday,said ICMR.India now accounts for 10.29% of all active cases globally (one in every 10 active cases), and 6.29% of all deaths (one in every 16).

The count of active cases reported across India has risen by 9,674, against 4,019 on Wednesday. The states that have reported the biggest 24-hour jump in active cases are Andhra Pradesh (2,828),Assam (2,451), Bihar (828), Karrnataka (737), and Punjab (559).

With 56,383 new recoveries, India’s recovery rate has increased to 70.8%, while death rate is under 2% now, at 1.96% on Thursday.India’s new daily closed cases stand at 57,325 — 942 deaths and 56,383 recoveries. The share of deaths in total closed cases stands at 1.64%.

India’s doubling time for total cases stands at 24.4 days, for active cases at 46.5 days, and for deaths at 34.3 days.

The states and UTs that have seen their respective biggest single-day spikes in total cases are Karnataka (7,883), Assam (4,593), Odisha (1,876), Chhattisgarh (569), Haryana (798), and Puducherry (481).

Overall, five states with the biggest 24-hour jump in total cases are Maharashtra (12,712), Andhra Pradesh (9,597), Karnataka (7,883), Tamil Nadu (5,871), and Assam (4,593).

Among states with more than 25,000 cases, the five with worst recovery rates at present are Karnataka (57.32%), Uttar Pradesh (62.14%), Andhra Pradesh (63.52%), Punjab (63.96%), and Kerala (65.34%).

Five states with the highest test positivity rate (TPR) – percentage of tested people turning out to be positive for Covid-19 infection (by cumulative data for tests and cases) – are Maharashtra (18.82%), Telangana (12.99%), Puducherry (12.53%), Delhi (11.95%), and Karnataka (10.76%).

Meanwhile,the government has distributed more than 3.04 crore N95 masks and over 1.28 crore personal protection equipment (PPE) kits among the states, Union territories and central institutions for free since March 11, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Also, more than 10.83 crore hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets have been distributed among them, it added.

In addition, 22,533 "Make in India" ventilators have been delivered to various states, Union territories and central institutions, the ministry said, adding that the Centre is also ensuring the installation and commissioning of the machines.

The central role of the government has been in strengthening the health infrastructure of the states and Union territories to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure its effective management, the ministry underlined.

Along with augmenting the COVID-19 facilities, the Centre is also providing medical supplies to the states and Union territories for free.

"Most of the products supplied by the Government of India were not being manufactured in the country in the beginning. The rising global demand due to the pandemic resulted in their scarce availability in the foreign markets," the ministry said.

With the combined efforts of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Pharmaceuticals, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and others, the domestic industry has been encouraged and facilitated to manufacture and supply essential medical equipment such as PPEs, N95 masks, ventilators etc., it added.

"As a result, resolve for 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' and 'Make in India' has been strengthened and most of the supplies made by the Union Government are domestically manufactured," the health ministry underscored.