India's COVID-19 caseload crosses 97 lakh with 26,567 new cases; recovery rate now at 94.59%

The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 4 lakh for the second consecutive day, while the toll rose to 1,40,958 with 385 new fatalities

Press Trust of India December 08, 2020 13:07:36 IST
India's COVID-19 caseload crosses 97 lakh with 26,567 new cases; recovery rate now at 94.59%

File image of a health worker taking a nasal swab sample at a COVID-19 testing centre in Hyderabad. AP

New Delhi: The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a span of 24 hours was recorded below 27,000 after nearly five months on Tuesday, taking India's infection tally to over 97 lakh, while total recoveries surged to 91.78 lakh, according to the Union health ministry.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 97,03,770 with 26,567 new infections being reported in a day, while the toll rose to 1,40,958 with 385 new fatalities, data updated by the ministry at 8 am showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 91,78,946, pushing the national recovery rate to 94.59 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.45 percent.

The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 4 lakh for the second consecutive day.

There are 3,83,866 active cases of infection in the country which comprises 3.96 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, and 40 lakh on 5 September.

It had gone past 50 lakh on 16 September, 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, and surpassed 90 lakh on 20 November.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 14,88,14,055 samples have been tested up to December 7, with 10,26,399 samples being tested on Monday.

The 385 new fatalities include 63 from Delhi, 48 from West Bengal, 40 from Maharashtra, 23 each from Haryana and Kerala, 21 from Chhattisgarh, and 20 from Uttar Pradesh.

The total number of deaths reported so far in the country includes 47,774 from Maharashtra followed by 11,867 from Karnataka, 11,809 from Tamil Nadu, 9,706 from Delhi, 8,771 from West Bengal, 7,944 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,038 from Andhra Pradesh, 4,934 from Punjab, 4,095 from Gujarat and 3,347 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 ICMR," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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