India records over 13,000 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, taking total infections past 1.09 crore

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease stands at 1,06,67,741, which translates to a national recovery rate of 97.3 percent

Press Trust of India February 19, 2021 12:17:40 IST
India records over 13,000 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, taking total infections past 1.09 crore

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New Delhi: Daily new cases of COVID-19 in the country climbed to over 13,000 after 19 days taking India's tally of cases to 1,09,63,394, while the recoveries surged to 1,06,67,741, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

A total of 13,193 new cases were registered in a span of 24 hours. The death toll increased to 1,56,111 with 97 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,06,67,741 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.3 percent and the case fatality rate stands at 1.42 percent.

The total COVID-19 active cases remained below 1.5 lakh.

There are 1,39,542 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 1.27 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.

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.

According to the ICMR, 20,94,74,862 samples have been tested up to 18 February with 7,71,071 samples being tested on Thursday.

The 97 new fatalities include 38 from Maharashtra, 14 from Kerala and 10 from Punjab.

A total of 1,56,111 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 51,669 from Maharashtra followed by 12,444 from Tamil Nadu, 12,282 from Karnataka, 10,896 from Delhi, 10,239 from West Bengal, 8,709 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,166 from Andhra Pradesh.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. "Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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