Health & Wellness

COVID Updates: AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik Tests Positive, Highest Single-Day Spike Yet

BP World Bureau | Aug 13 2020 11:17:52 AM
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NEW DELHI: The total tally of COVID-19 rose to 23,96,637 after reporting the highest single-day spike in 24 hours with 66,999 cases recorded in a day. 

There are active 6,53,622 cases of COVID-19, 16,95,982 people have recovered and 47,033 people died. 

The union health ministry recorded that India has reported 942 deaths in 24 hours. 

Union Minister Shripad Naik has tested positive for COVID-19 and has opted for home isolation. He heads the Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Ministry.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) , a total of 2,68,45,688 sample have been tested as of today. 

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who tested positive for novel Coronavirus, is in a comatose state.


Globally, there are 2,06,20,701 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 70,44,442 are active cases, 1,28,26,901 people have recovered and 7,49,358 people died. 

In the US, the government has entered into a US$ 1.525 billion deal with Moderna, a US-based biotech company, for securing the supply of 100 million doses of vaccine.