India registers 14,256 new COVID-19 infections, 152 deaths; active cases below 1.85 lakh

At least 1,03,00,838 patients have recuperated so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 96.81 percent, said the health ministry on Saturday

Press Trust of India January 23, 2021 13:16:54 IST
India registers 14,256 new COVID-19 infections, 152 deaths; active cases below 1.85 lakh

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New Delhi: With 14,256 new COVID-19 infections being reported in the past 24 hours, India's overall caseload climbed to 1,06,39,684 on Saturday, said the Union health ministry.

At least 1,03,00,838 patients have recuperated so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 96.81 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

There are 1,85,662 active cases of the novel coronavirus in the country currently, which accounts for only 1.78 percent of the total caseload, according to data released by the ministry.

The COVID-19 caseload has mounted to 1,06,39,684 and the toll has climbed to 1,53,184, with the viral infection claiming 152 more lives in the country in a span of 24 hours. The case fatality rate stood at 1.44 percent.

According to the ICMR, a total of 19,09,85,119 samples have so far been tested in the country, including 8,37,095 on Friday.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September.

It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

The 152 COVID-19 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours include 50 from Maharashtra, 19 from Kerala, eight each from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and seven each from Delhi and Chhattisgarh.

Maharashtra has so far reported the highest number of 50,684 COVID-19 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu (12,307), Karnataka (12,190), Delhi (10,789), West Bengal (10,097), Uttar Pradesh (8,605), Andhra Pradesh (7,146), Punjab (5,543) and Gujarat (4,374).

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in the country occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)," the ministry said on its website, adding that a state-wise distribution of the figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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