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India reports 44,658 COVID-19 cases, 496 deaths in a day

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The health ministry on Friday informed that 44,658 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 past 3.26 crore.

The ministry also informed that over 61.22 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of it, over 79.48 lakh people were vaccinated on Thursday.

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.

Over 4.36 lakh deaths due to COVID-19

Also, 496 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 4,36,861. Previously, the death toll had touched 4,529-mark on May 19.

Over 3.18 crore patients recovered

Of the over 3.26 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 3.44 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 1.06 per cent of the total caseload. Over 3.18 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 97.60 per cent. The recovery rate had marginally dipped for the first time on August 27, 2020, because of the surge in active cases. It again dropped marginally on September 7, 10 and 11, and on November 25, 26 and 27 due to a surge in cases. It also dipped on February 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28 and is dipping throughout the month of March, April and May. The recovery rate again started improving from May 10 onwards, but again started declining from August 25.

Over 51.49 crore samples tested

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 51.49 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, over 22.29 lakh samples—the highest in a day—were tested on August 13. Over 22.17 lakh samples were tested on May 25. Notably, it was the second-highest number of samples tested in a day. The third-highest number of over 21.59 lakh samples was tested on June 2. Over 18.24 lakh tests were done on August 26.

496 deaths in a day

Of the 496 deaths reported in a day, 159 deaths are from Maharashtra, 26 from Tamil Nadu and 25 from Karnataka. Twelve deaths have been reported from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh reported no death and West Bengal reported nine deaths. Delhi and Gujarat reported no deaths. Madhya Pradesh reported no death whereas Punjab reported four deaths.

Sixty-six deaths have been registered from Odisha while Bihar reported no death. Rajasthan reported no death. No death was reported from Jammu and Kashmir whereas Telangana reported one death.

Eleven fatalities have been reported from Assam. Uttarakhand and Jharkhand reported no death. Puducherry reported no death while 162 deaths have been registered in Kerala.

 

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