Coronavirus update: India’s active COVID-19 caseload is now 1 mln

 India now accounts for 13.86% of all active cases globally; Maharashtra and Karnataka have the greatest number of these, at 297,125 and 101,626 respectively

By DTE Staff
Published: Thursday 17 September 2020

The number of active novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in India has crossed the one million-mark, at 1,009,976 total active cases as of September 17, 2020, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

  • The greatest number of active cases (297,125) are reported from Maharashtra, which is the most affected state, with 1,121,221 total cases as of September 17, according to data from private tracker
  • Karnataka has the greatest number of active cases (101,626) after Maharashtra, followed by Andhra Pradesh (90,279), Uttar Pradesh (67,002) and Tamil Nadu (46,633).
  • The number of daily active cases jumped to 13,778 on September 16 from 6,936 on September 15.
  • India now accounts for 13.86 per cent of all active cases globally (one in every seven active cases), according to a September 17 report by the Business Standard daily, citing data released by the MoHFW.
  • There are 30,043,494 total COVID-19 cases across the world, with 945,176 deaths and 21,808,656 recoveries as of September 17, according to tracker
  • The total number of cases in India are 5,122,846 — with 97,856 cases added on September 16 — and 4,024,689 recoveries and 83,257 deaths as of September 17, according to
  • Delhi has reported more than 4,000 fresh COVID-19 cases for the past two days, according to
  • There were 4,263 cases in Delhi on September 15 and 4,473 cases on September 16. The national capital earlier reported 4,000-plus cases for five consecutive days Between September 9 and 13.
  • Nearly 33 per cent of Delhi’s population has likely developed antibodies against COVID-19, said a September 17 Times of India report, citing initial analysis of the third serological survey in the national capital.
  • The report said this meant, in general terms, that 6,600,000 of Delhi’s 20 million population were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and now carried antibodies after their successful recovery.
  • The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), on September 16, said it will strictly implement the decision for fines of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 against those who violated the mandatory use of masks and those who spit in public places respectively, said a report from news daily Indian Express.
  • The total number of cases in the PMC area crossed 112,000, with 100,000 recoveries so far, the report said.
  • People diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea can be at an increased risk of adverse outcomes from COVID-19, according to a study from the University of Warwick, published in journal Sleep Medicine Reviews, said an Indian Express report.
  • The damage to the global economy from the COVID-19 pandemic will be less than previously expected, said the BBC, in a September 16 report citing data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  • The OECD predicted a decline of 4.5 per cent in 2020, compared to its earlier six per cent drop forecast in June, said the report.
  • United States President Donald Trump predicted September 16 at least 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine can be distributed in the US by the end of 2020, contradicting a top government health official he dismissed as confused, said a report by news agency Reuters.
  • “No I think he made a mistake when he said that,” Trump said, telling reporters he called Robert Redfield, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “That’s incorrect information. “I believe he was confused. I think he just misunderstood the question, probably.” Redfield said a COVID-19 vaccine could be broadly rolled out by the middle of next year or a little later.

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