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97,497 people succumbed to COVID-19 in India


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday informed that 80,472 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 62.25 lakh.

So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.

Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.

97,497 deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 1,179 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 97,497.

Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above 1,000 for the past many days. However, it dipped below the 1000-mark on September 29 when 776 deaths were reported. Previously, it had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 16.

Similarly, the case count has remained well past the 80,000-mark for the past few days. However, the biggest surge of over 97,894 cases was reported on September 17.

51.87 lakh patients recovered

Of the 62.25 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 9.40 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is above 15 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 51.87 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

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Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 83.33 per cent. In fact, the recovery rate marginally dipped for the first time on August 27 because of the surge in active cases. It again dropped marginally on September 7, 10 and 11 due to a rapid surge in cases.

Over 7.45 crore samples tested

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 7.45 crore samples for COVID-19 has been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, 14.92 lakh samples were tested on September 24. Notably, it is the highest number of samples tested in a day. The second-highest number of over 12.06 lakh samples was tested on September 19. Over 10.86 lakh samples were tested on September 29.

“In pursuance of the ‘test, track and treat’ strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of over 10 lakh tests per day,” the health ministry said.

1,179 deaths in a day

Of the 1,179 deaths reported in a day, 430 are from Maharashtra, 70 from Tamil Nadu and 136 from Karnataka. Thirty-five deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 62 from West Bengal and 63 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 11 deaths and Delhi 48 deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 39 deaths. Punjab has reported 75 deaths.

Fifteen deaths have been registered in Odisha, whereas two deaths were reported from Bihar. Eleven deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Fifteen deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and 18 from Jammu and Kashmir.

Thirteen fatalities have been reported from Assam, 25 from Haryana and 11 from Uttarakhand. Two deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Twelve deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and 22 from Kerala.


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