New Delhi, Sep 15: The country's case tally for COVID-19 stood at 49,30,237 on Tuesday while Uttar Pradesh government claimed that COVID-19 prevention has proved beneficial in reducing vector borne diseases in the state during this monsoon season.
According to Union Health Ministry, the country witnessed 83,809 new COVID-19 cases and 1,054 more deaths in the past 24 hours.
The fatality count pan-India has mounted to 80,776 with the death percentage at 1.64 per cent.
Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary, health, Amit Mohan Prasad said here that the cleanliness drive and the prevention of Covid like face mask, hand wash and social distancing has controlled the vector borne diseases too.
"The month from September to November is very crucial for vector borne diseases, but this time, it was under full control," he added.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Urban Development Minister Byrathi Basavaraj said that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
On the brighter side, the number of discharged cases clocked since Monday stood at 79,292 taking the total number of recovered to 38,59,400 in numbers and 78.28 in percentage.
Currently, there were 9,90,061 active cases across the nation, that were 20.08 per cent of the total cases registered so far.
In a breakthrough for more efficient, effective COVID-19 testing, Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence Rahul Panicker said they developed an AI tool that could identify asymptomatic individuals. The tool could effectively screen for COVID-19 based on cough sounds. The results are instantaneous and the tool works on a basic smartphone. It does not require an app, special device or trained personnel.
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan informed the Rajya Sabha that at present maximum COVID-19 cases and deaths were being reported from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Bihar, Telangana, Odisha, Assam, Kerala and Gujarat.
In India, about 92 per cent of the cases have been reported to be having mild disease and in only about 5.8 per cent of cases, the oxygen therapy is required whereas only 1.7 per cent of cases need intensive care, he added.
However, Globally, United States continues to remain the most-infected, followed by India and Brazil. (UNI)