India’s tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) mounted to 1,118,043 after 40,425 new cases, in a record single-day spike, were reported in the last 24 hours, with more than 200,000 infections in a week, according to Union health ministry on Monday.
The number of recovered people exceeds India’s active Covid-19 patients by 309,627 as more than seven lakh have been cured of the viral disease so far, the health ministry’s data showed at 8am.
Between Sunday and Monday morning, 22,664 people recovered, taking the recovery rate at 62.61%.
The country’s death toll rose to 27,497 with 681 fatalities reported in a day.
The health ministry said on Sunday that India’s fatality rate is lower than the global average with the case fatality rate (CFR) falling below 2.5% for the first time in five months. The global CFR or the ratio of confirmed deaths and confirmedCovid-19cases was 3.41 as of July 18.
India had recorded the highest CFR of 3.23% in mid-May after the first death was reported on March 12.
Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Mizoram and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a zero case fatality rate and there are about 14 states that have a CFR of less than 1%, the health ministry said.
There are at least 29 states that have a CFR of below the national average, it said.
As the number of Covid-19 cases soared in the country, at least seven companies are racing to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus disease. Leading the race isBharat Biotech International Limited(BBIL), which developed Covaxin.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)