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India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 30 lakh mark

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India’s COVID-19 tally crossed 30-lakh on Saturday night, a news agency reported as per a tally based on information provided by states and union territories in the evening.

The health ministry had on Saturday morning showed a record single-day spike of 69,874 infections taking the country’s COVID-19 total to 29,75,701. But the news agency said by evening India’s COVID-19 caseload stood at 30,37,657. It said the death toll was 56,762 so far recoveries were 22,71,054. 

 

It took the country just 16 days after it crossed 20 lakh to reach the new high. It also recorded 945 fresh deaths, 339 from Maharashtra, 101 from Tamil Nadu, 93 from Karnataka, 91 from Andhra Pradesh and 64 from Uttar Pradesh. West Bengal recorded 55 deaths, Punjab 34, Jammu and Kashmir 15,  and 14 each from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

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Of the total 55,794 deaths, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 21,698 followed by 6,340 in Tamil Nadu, 4,522 in Karnataka, 4,270 in Delhi, 3,092 in Andhra Pradesh, 2,867 in Gujarat, 2,797 in Uttar Pradesh, 2,689 in West Bengal and 1,185 in Madhya Pradesh. The health ministry said more than 70% of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

Other COVID-19 statistics

India is the third worst-hit nation in terms of COVID-19 cases after the US and Brazil. The recovery rate for the country is 74.69% while the fatality rate stands at 1.87%. Recoveries exceed active COVID-19 cases by over 15 lakhs.

India earlier tested more than 10 lakh samples for COVID-19 in 24 hours taking the total number of such tests to 3,44,91,073. The Indian Council of Medical Research earlier said the country is on an average testing 8,89,935 people in the last five days. 

India also has been testing around 74.7 people per lakh population, much higher than WHO’s guidelines of testing 14 people per lakh population, the apex health research body said.

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