India surges past Mexico to log world’s third highest Covid-19 deaths

An Indian health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 during a door to door test drive in Gauhati, India. (Photo courtesy: AP)

(, Aug31’20) – With more than 78,000 new infections in a single day, India’s coronavirus caseload is growing at a faster rate than that of any other country. The US and Brazil have the world’s largest outbreaks over all, but they have been reporting in the range of 40,000 to 50,000 new daily infections in recent days, noted The New York Times Aug 31. On a per capita basis, however, India has had far fewer deaths from the virus than the US and Brazil as well as many other countries, it added.

Nevertheless, for the last four days, India has been detecting more than 75,000 new cases, a figure that no other country has touched, noted the Aug 31.

The world’s second-most populous country has been posting the highest single-day caseload in the world since Aug 7. At 3.62 million cases, India is fast catching up to the United States and Brazil in terms of total cases but it has a lower death rate, noted Reuters Aug 31.

However, India also now has the world’s third highest number of Covid-19 deaths at more than 64,000, having just overtaken Mexico.


The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 78,512 new cases and 971 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Aug 31 at 8AM, taking their totals to 3,621,245 cases and 64,469 deaths.

A total of 2,781,975, or 76.62%, had recovered, so that the number of active cases was 781,975, or 21.59% of the total. The case fatality rate was 1.78%. These continued to be marginal improvements over the previous day’s figures.

However, the latest daily number of new cases, at 78,512, was more than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 60,868, which meant a significant increase in the number of active cases by 17,644.

India is now the country with the world’ third highest number of Covid-19 cases as well as deaths, having just overtaken Mexico for the number of deaths.


Eleven states, namely Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Bihar, Telangana, Assam, and Odisha had reported more than 100,000 cases each so far in that order.

Six other states, namely Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Punjab had reported more than 52,000 cases each so far in that order.

Seven more states/Union Territories, namely Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Puducherry, and Tripura, had reported more than 11,000 cases each in that order.

Besides, there were 11 other states/Union Territories with a total more than 1,000 cases each, namely, Manipur, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ladakh, Meghalaya, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Sikkim, and Mizoram in that order.

Maharashtra also had the most number of deaths at 24,399 (↑296); followed by Tamil Nadu with over 7,231 deaths; Karnataka with more than 5,500 deaths. Delhi with over 4,400 deaths; Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Gujarat with more than 3,000 deaths each; Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan with over 1,000 deaths each; and Telangana, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam, Kerala, Chattisgarh, and Uttarakhand, with between 827 and 257 deaths each, and so on in that order.


The total number of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan had remained unchanged at 138 (↑0) so far, of whom 55 were active, 80 had recovered and three had died, according to the tally of the Central Tibetan Administration as of Aug 31 morning.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 25,236,271 and the deaths 846,574, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 1:58:26 PM on Aug 31, 2020.


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