New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload breached the 57-lakhmark, while over 46 lakh people have recovered from the disease, pushing the national recovery rate to 81.55 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 57,32,518 with 86,508 people testing positive in a day. The toll climbed to 91,149 with 1,129 people succumbing to the disease in the past 24 hours,the data updated at 8 am showed.
The total recoveries surged to 46,74,987 in the country so far. The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection was recorded at 1.59 percent.
There are 9,66,38 2 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 16.86 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 it went past 50 lakh on 16 September.
According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 6,74,36,031 samples have been tested up to 23 September with 11,56,569 samples being tested on Wednesday.
The 1,129 new deaths include 479 from Maharashtra, 87 from Uttar Pradesh,64 from Punjab,63 from Tamil Nadu,61 from West Bengal, 45 from Andhra Pradesh, 42 from Madhya Pradesh, 38 from Karnataka and 36 from Delhi.
A total of 91,149 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 33,886 from Maharashtra followed by 9,010 from Tamil Nadu, 8,266 from Karnataka, 5,506 from Andhra Pradesh, 5,299 from Uttar Pradesh, 5,087 from Delhi, 4,544 from West Bengal, 3,367 from Gujarat, 2,990 from Punjab and 2,077 from Madhya 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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Stressing on speedy access to vaccines for citizens once ready, the prime minister also directed to involve all levels of governments and citizen groups in the distribution process
The Centre also advised state governments to ensure early tracking of social media and other platforms for possible misinformation and rumours that could impact the acceptance for the vaccine
Lauding the "achievement" of recording a high number of recoveries, the health ministry said that the tally of active cases remained below seven lakhs for the third successive day on Sunday