The health ministry on Thursday informed that 55,839 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 77.06 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.
1.16 lakh deaths due to coronavirus
Also, 702 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 1,16,616.
Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above the 500-mark for the past several days. Previously, it had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 16.
Similarly, the case count has remained well past the 50,000-mark for the past few days, but dipped below the 50,000-mark for the first time on October 20. However, the biggest surge of over 97,894 cases was reported on September 17.
68.74 lakh patients recovered
Of the 77.06 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 7.15 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is above 9 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 68.74 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 89.20 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 9.86 crore samples tested
So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 9.86 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 14.23 lakh samples was tested on September 30. Over 14.69 lakh tests were carried out on October 21.
“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.
702 deaths in a day
Of the 702 deaths reported in a day, 180 are from Maharashtra, 39 from Tamil Nadu and 88 from Karnataka. Twenty-seven deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 64 from West Bengal and 41 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported nine deaths and Delhi 47 deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 17 deaths. Punjab has reported 23 deaths.
Thirteen deaths have been registered in Odisha, whereas eight deaths were reported from Bihar. Five deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Fourteen deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and five from Jammu and Kashmir.
Five fatalities have been reported from Assam and fourteen from Uttarakhand. Three deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Two deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and 26 from Kerala.
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