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India’s COVID-19 death toll surges to 78,586


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday informed that 94,372 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 47.54 lakh.

So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 12. The second-highest surge of 96,551 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 11. It is followed by 95,735 cases reported on September 10.

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.

78,586 deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 1,114 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 78,586.

Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above 1,000 for the past many days. However, it dipped below the 900-mark on September 1. Previously, it had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 12.

Similarly, the case count has remained well past the 90,000-mark for the past few days. However, the biggest surge of over 97,570 cases was reported on September 12.

37.02 lakh patients recovered

Of the 47.54 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 9.73 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is less than 21 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 37.02 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

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Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 77.88 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 5.60 crore samples tested

So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 5.60 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, 11.72 lakh samples were tested on September 2. Notably, it is the highest number of samples tested in a day. The second-highest number of over 11.69 lakh samples was tested on September 3. Over 10.71 lakh samples were tested on September 12.

“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.

1,114 deaths in a day

Of the 1,114 deaths reported in a day, 391 are from Maharashtra, 76 from Tamil Nadu and 94 from Karnataka. Sixty-seven deaths are from Andhra Pradesh, 59 from West Bengal and 67 from Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 15 deaths and Delhi 28 deaths, while Madhya Pradesh reported 37 deaths. Punjab has reported 76 deaths.

Eleven deaths have been registered in Odisha, whereas 11 deaths were reported from Bihar. Eleven deaths have been reported due to COVID-19 in Telangana. Fourteen deaths have been reported from Rajasthan and 10 from Jammu and Kashmir.

Twenty-three fatalities have been reported from Assam, 24 from Haryana and 14 from Uttarakhand. Five deaths have been reported from Puducherry. Ten deaths have been reported from Jharkhand and 15 from Kerala.


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