India’s Latest Coronavirus Updates: Daily Numbers, Impact on Businesses

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(This article will be updated daily. It was last updated August 4, 2020. For previous coverage, see here.)

August 4, 2020

  • 52,050 people tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours in India as per the health ministry’s official update Tuesday morning. This takes India’s COVID-19 total tally to 1,855,745 confirmed cases. Active cases in the country as on August 4, 08:00 IST was 586,298; cases discharged/cured have reached 1,230,509. India’s death toll due to COVID-19 reached 38,938 after 803 new fatalities were recorded yesterday.
  • India has released guidelines for international travel, to be effective starting August 8, 2020. See here for the official notice.

August 1-3, 2020

  • India reported 52,972 newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours in its Monday morning update by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The total tally is now at 1,803,696 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Total deaths are at 38,135.
  • Over on the weekend, India reported 57,118 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning and nearly 55,000 new cases on Sunday.
  • News emerged over the weekend of top Indian central and state government ministers like the home minister Amit Shah and Karnataka state chief minister BS Yediyurappa testing positive for the coronavirus. On Monday, Karti Chidambaram, member of parliament from Tamil Nadu and son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, tweeted today that he had tested positive for the coronavirus (see here for a report from the news platform NDTV).
  • “The total number of Covid-19 samples tested up to August 02 is 20,202,858 – including 3,81,027 samples tested yesterday,” as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on its Twitter bulletin board.

July 31, 2020

  • 55,079 people tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, taking India’s total tally of confirmed cases to 1,638,871.
  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported that India had 545,318 active cases, 1,057,805 cured/discharged cases, and 35,747 deaths as of 08:00 IST today.

July 30, 2020

  • India recorded another spike in new cases yesterday, with 52,123 COVID-19 cases confirmed. This takes the total COVID-19 tally to 1,583,792 confirmed cases. The death toll is now at 34,968 with 775 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. Active cases in the country are at 528,242 with 1,020,582 cured/discharged cases. 
  • The next phase of rolling back the nationwide lockdown will begin August 1. Called Unlock 3, the new phase will see the night curfew get lifted from August 1 and gyms and yoga centers reopening from August 5. Schools and colleges, metro services, cinemas and swimming pools will stay shut.
  • The last date to file your income tax returns for FY2018-19 has been extended once again from July 31, 2020 to September 30, 2020. Previously, the last date to file tax returns for FY2019-20 was extended to November 30, 2020. Also, the deadline for linking the biometric Aadhaar with PAN was extended to March 31, 2021.
  • The state of Maharashtra, which has been the most affected by the coronavirus to date, will reopen malls and market complexes starting August 5.
  • Delhi’s recovery rate hit 88.9% this week.

July 29, 2020

  • With 48,513 testing positive for the coronavirus yesterday, India’s total tally of confirmed cases has reached 15,31,669. The death toll is at 34,193 with 768 new deaths. There are 509,447 active cases in the country today as of the 08:00 IST update by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

July 28, 2020

  • 47,704 people tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, increasing the total tally to 1,483,157. The death toll is at 33,425 with 654 new deaths. The recovery rate among patients has now increased to 64.23%, according to data from the Ministry of Health and Family welfare. Active cases in the country are at 496,988 (updated 08:00 IST).
  • Most affected states by total confirmed cases, according to government data as represented in the Times of India, updated 11.30 am IST: Maharashtra (383,723), Tamil Nadu (220,716), Delhi (131,219), Andhra Pradesh (102,349), and Karnataka (101,465).

July 27, 2020

  • India recorded 49,931 confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday, another new single-day highest jump, taking the total coronavirus tally in the country to 1,435,453 cases. The death toll rose to 32,771 with 708 new fatalities recorded on Sunday.
  • Currently, there are 485,114 active cases and 917,567 patients have been cured/discharged, according to the Monday morning update by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 
  • The capital, Delhi, has announced it has flattened the COVID-19 death curve, with a 44% dip reported this month. The city recorded a daily average of about 91 deaths due to the coronavirus in the first half of June, which is now down to about 50 in July. Active cases in Delhi today, at 8am, stood at 11,904 with 114,875 recoveries and 3,827 deaths.
  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the recovery rate in Delhi is at 88% as of date. Kejriwal also announced that “Delhi [government] is starting a portal – Those who are looking to recruit people for jobs can go to the website & update their requirement.”
  • Local lockdowns continue to be imposed, with Shillong – the capital of northeastern state Meghalaya – in a 72-hour lockdown from July 26-29, 2020. “Around 30 localities, mostly in the worst-hit East Khasi Hills district, have already been declared containment zones,” according to local authorties. The East Khasi Hills district has recorded 441 active cases out of a total of 543 active COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya state currently.

July 24, 2020

  • India recorded 49,311 fresh cases yesterday, taking its confirmed COVID-19 cases tally to 1,287,945. The total death toll is at 30,601 after 740 new deaths. There are 440,135 active cases in India currently.
  • Today the central government will hold a video conference with 8 states that have been identified as a “cause of concern”. The meeting will see the participation of a team of experts representing the central government, senior health ministry officials, and civil servants from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Active cases in the above 8 states, as updated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on July 24, are as follows: Andhra Pradesh (34,272 cases), Assam (8,022 cases), Bihar (10,994 cases), Karnataka (49,937 cases), Odisha (6,592 cases), Telangana (11,052 cases), Uttar Pradesh (21,012 cases), and West Bengal (18,846 cases).

July 23, 2020

  • With 45,720 coronavirus cases and 1,129 deaths reported over the last 24 hours in this morning’s update, India’s total COVID-19 tally rose to 1,238,635 confirmed cases and 29,861 deaths.
  • The recovery rate is currently at 63.18 percent, with 426,167 active cases and 782,606 cured/discharged cases.
  • According to NDTV, the five states recording the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours are: Maharashtra (10,576), Andhra Pradesh (6,045), Tamil Nadu (5,849), Karnataka (4,764), and Uttar Pradesh (2,300).
  • The capital Delhi plans to conduct serological surveys every month to frame its policies to tackle COVID-19, said state Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday.

July 22, 2020

  • According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare update this morning, India reported 38,444 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the total tally to 1,192,915. There are 411,133 active cases in the country. There were 28,732 total deaths recorded, including 648 new deaths.
  • Active cases in the most affected Indian states are as follows: 132,538 cases in the state of Maharashtra; 51,347 active cases in Tamil Nadu; 44,146 active cases in Karnataka; 32,336 active cases in Andhra Pradesh; 20,204 active cases in Uttar Pradesh; 17,813 active cases in West Bengal; 15,288 active cases in Delhi; 11,760 active cases in Gujarat; 10,220 active cases in Bihar; and 9,891 active cases in Telangana.

July 21, 2020

  1. India reported 37,148 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday, taking the total tally to 1,155,191; 587 deaths were reported taking the total death toll to 28,084. There are 402,529 active cases right now in the country.

July 20, 2020

  1. India reported 40,425 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, capping the deadliest week since the case tally began, and 681 new deaths. Total cases in the country have reached 1,118,043, including 27,497 deaths.
  2. There are 390,459 active cases in the country, including 129,032 active cases in the state of Maharashtra; 50,297 active cases in Tamil Nadu; 39,376 active cases in Karnataka; 26,118 active cases in Andhra Pradesh; 18,256 active cases in Uttar Pradesh; 16,492 active cases in West Bengal; 16,031 active cases in Delhi; 12,223 active cases in Telangana; 11,312 active cases in Gujarat; and 10,044 active cases in Bihar.
  3. With cases rising steadily, local governments are now ordering focused lockdowns in high-risk areas.

July 17, 2020

  • India’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 1 million mark today after adding 34,956 fresh cases yesterday. The total tally is now at 1,003,832 positive cases, including 25,602 deaths. There were 687 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.
  • The state economies of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Telangana appear to be most vulnerable under the impact of COVID-19, as per a study by the medical journal Lancet. The same study also ranked the northeastern state of Sikkim as the least vulnerable.

July 16, 2020

  • India witnessed a record single-day increase of 32,695 cases and 606 new deaths as updated by the government on Thursday morning. The country’s total coronavirus tally has reached 968,876, including 24,915 deaths. As per the healthy ministry, the number of COVID-19 recoveries is steadily climbing and is at 612,814. There are 331,146 active cases in the country.
  • The northeastern state of Meghalaya is closing all entry points to the state from July 24 to 31 to reduce the burden on its healthcare workers and administration; its COVID-19 caseload rose to 354 on Thursday. 
  • Indian pharma manufacturer Zydus Cadila announced yesterday that it has initiated Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. ZyCoV-D, the plasmid DNA vaccine designed and developed by Zydus, received partially funding from the Department of Biotechnology under the National Biopharma Mission. The Department of Biotechnology Secretary Renu Swarup confirmed that Zydus Cadila had begun human clinical trials for its indigenously developed vaccine.

July 15, 2020

  • Impact on business:
    – The finance ministry has clarified that sanitizers are disinfectants like soaps and dettol and will attract 18% GST. Reducing the GST rate on sanitisers would make domestic manufacturers non-competitive with respect to importers of hand sanitisers, the ministry said.
    – The Karnataka government has exempted 38 industries from the lockdown, including: rice and oil mills, dairy and food products, bulk drugs, pharmaceuticals, Ayurvedic and homeopathic medicine makers, sanitizer manufacturing, bakery and confectionery, power generation, paper napkins makers, and e-commerce companies for supply of food and grocery. The capital, Bengaluru (Bangalore), is amid a 7-day lockdown due to surge in fresh cases.
    – Hetero Healthcare Ltd. is supplying 60,000 vials of Covifor, a generic version of the Remdesivir injection, under a licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences Inc.
    – Pharma firm Cipla has also supplied its first batch of Remdesivir vials to hospitals and distributors across India. According to media reports, “Cipla launched Remdesivir under brand name Cipremi at Rs 4000 [US$53.26] per vial. A patient would need five vials of the drug.” 
  • COVID-19 updates:
    – 29,429 COVID-19 cases and 582 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
    – India’s total tally is at 936,181 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 24,309 deaths. 
    – The states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Gujarat continue to report the highest number of cases. However, the national recovery rate remains above 60%.
    – Meanwhile, the COVID-19 infection rate appears to be stabilizing in the capital, Delhi, which currently has 186,64 active cases.

July 14, 2020

  • India’s total COVID-19 cases increased to 849,553 – with 28,498 new cases and 553 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours in the country. Total death toll is now at 23,727. There are 292,258 active cases as of the health ministry’s official update today morning.
  • Bangalore will undergo a 7-day lockdown starting today evening. “Shops, including ration shops (PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder to open only from 5 am to 12 noon,” as per the state’s chief secretary, T.M.Vijay Bhaskar.
  • Delhi has recorded less than 2,000 cases for 2 consecutive days.
  • Pune, Maharashtra is under a fresh two-phased lockdown. The first phase is from July 13 to July 18 and second phase is from July 18 to July 23. 

July 13, 2020  

  • Impact of coronavirus on business: 
    – Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer that assembles Apple iPhones, is reportedly looking to invest up to US$1 billion to expand its factory in south India.
    – Small and medium-sized businesses in India are generally not buying into the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative’s credit guarantee/loan schemes that aim to ease long-term recovery, preferring instead “the extension of tax deadlines for filing income tax and GST, which puts money in their hands immediately”, according to survey findings from Kantar.
  • New cases: With a record spike of 28,701 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, India’s total tally is now at 878,254 and the country’s share of global daily cases is 12%. The total death toll has reached 23,174 and 553,470 patients have been cured or discharged.
  • Active cases and recovery: There are 301,609 active cases as of the latest update from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the number of recovered cases exceeds active COVID-19 cases in India by 251,861.
  • Spread of COVID-19 in India: The worst affected states in India in terms of their total tally of confirmed coronavirus cases are: Maharashtra (254,427); Tamil Nadu (138,470); Delhi (112,494) followed by Gujarat (41,820) and Uttar Pradesh (36,476).
  • Testing status: According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 1.18 million samples have been tested for COVID-19 till Sunday, July 12; 219,103 samples were tested on Sunday alone.
  • COVID-19 in India’s northeastern states (as of July 13, 2020/08:00 IST): Arunachal Pradesh (359 confirmed cases, 219 active cases, 2 deaths); Assam (16,071 confirmed cases, 5,610 active cases, 35 deaths); Manipur (1,609 confirmed cases, 713 active cases, zero deaths); Meghalaya (306 confirmed cases, 238 active cases, 2 deaths); Mizoram (231 confirmed cases, 81 active cases, zero deaths); Nagaland (774 confirmed cases, 447 active cases, zero deaths); and Tripura (2,054 confirmed cases, 631 active cases, 2 deaths).

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