NewDelhi: Coronavirus cases in India have reached 79,90,322 as 43,893 people tested positive in the last 24 hours. This comes a day after India recorded a single-day spike of 36,470 cases, the lowest one-day jump in three months. The coronavirus death toll in the country has risen to 1,20,010, while 72,59,509 coronavirus patients have been discharged.
Active cases stand at 6,10,803.
COVID-19 cases doubling rate has crossed 100 days in all the 24 administrative wards of Mumbai. The highest doubling rate is 296 days in F South Ward (Parel, Sewree), followed by 198 days in A Ward (Colaba, Fort). While the average doubling rate is 139 days, the COVID-19 growth rate has come down to 0.5% in Mumbai.
Studies show pollution contributes to COVID-19 mortality: ICMR
In the wake of rising pollution levels being reported in Delhi, ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava on Tuesday said, "On pollution related to COVID-19 mortality, there have been some studies in Europe and the United States." Dr Bhargava added, "They...have found clearly that pollution is contributing to the mortality in COVID-19. That is well established by these studies."