8 states contributed 85pc COVID-19 caseload, 87pc deaths: Health Ministry

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Today is the ninety-sixth day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown, to curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. The recovery rate has improved to 58.56 per cent. Delhi's coronavirus tally now stands at over 83,000-mark, and its death toll has mounted to 2,623, Delhi authorities told. There were slightly lesser fatalities than in the past few days, as 384 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 15,685.

"It was mentioned that presently eight states - Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal - contribute 85.5 percent active caseload and 87 percent total deaths in India", read a statement from the ministry.

Meanwhile, the ICMR has initiated a programme of clinical trials for rapid antigen detection for COVID-19 patients. The Ministry said, presently, there are over two lakh active cases and all are under medical supervision. Delhi has now 417 containment zones.

There are now 1,97,387 active cases and 2,95,880 recoveries.

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Global coronavirus cases now exceed 10 million and more than half a million people have died from the respiratory disease, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Madhya Pradesh government said it will launch a "Kill Corona" campaign from July 1 to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

In Karnataka, Bengaluru police said criminal cases will be filed against those flouting face mask and social distancing rules and public can call police in case someone refuses to follow the COVID-19 preventive norms in the city.

Chouhan said during the 15-day campaign, 2.5 lakh tests will be carried out and 15,000 to 20,000 samples would be collected daily, according to a press release.

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