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COVID-19: India’s death toll crosses 46,000-mark


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday informed that 60,963 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 count in the country to 23.29 lakh.

46,091 deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 834 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 46,091. Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above 800 for the past many days.

Similarly, the case count has remained well past the 60,000-mark for the past few days. However, it dipped to less than 55,000 on Tuesday. It again surged past the 60,000-mark on Wednesday.

16.39 lakh patients recovered

Of the 23.29 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 6.43 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is marginally less than 28 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 16.39 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 70.38 per cent.

2.59 crore samples tested

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 2.59 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, over 7.33 lakh samples were tested on Monday. Notably, it is the highest number of samples tested in a day.

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“India is performing around 500 tests for detection of coronavirus per minute and the per-day testing capacity has increased over five lakhs,” scientist and ICMR media coordinator Lokesh Sharma said.

834 deaths in a day

Of the 834 deaths reported in a day, 256 are from Maharashtra, 118 from Tamil Nadu and 86 from Karnataka. Eighty-seven deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 49 from West Bengal and 56 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 23 deaths and Delhi eight deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 18 deaths. Punjab has reported 32 deaths.

Ten deaths were registered in Odisha, whereas 16 deaths were reported from Bihar. Nine deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Eleven deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and 12 from Jammu and Kashmir.

Four fatalities have been reported from Assam, 11 from Haryana and two from Uttarakhand. Two deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Four deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and five from Kerala.


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