India's COVID-19 tally reaches 76.51 lakh with 54,044 fresh infections; active cases remain below 8 lakh

The toll due to coronavirus in the country climbed to 1,15,914 on Tuesday with 717 fatalities being registered in a span of 24 hours, said the health ministry

Press Trust of India October 21, 2020 11:50:33 IST
India's COVID-19 tally reaches 76.51 lakh with 54,044 fresh infections; active cases remain below 8 lakh

A Health worker takes a swab test of a women in a temple in Mumbai, India, Saturday, , July 18, 2020. India crossed 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday, third only to the United States and Brazil, prompting concerns about its readiness to confront an inevitable surge that could overwhelm hospitals and test the country’s feeble health care system. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

New Delhi: The number of new coronavirus infections reported in India in a span of 24 hours remained below 60,000 for the third consecutive day, taking the COVID-19 caseload to 76,51,107, said the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.

A total of 54,044 fresh infections were reported in a day, while the toll climbed to 1,15,914 with 717 fatalities being registered in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

As many as 67,95,103 people have recuperated from the disease so far pushing the national recovery rate to 88.81 percent while the case fatality rate due COVID-19 has dropped to 1.51 percent.

The active cases of coronavirus infection remained below 8 lakh for the fifth consecutive day.

There are 7,40,090 active cases of coronavirus in the country which comprises 9.67 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 went past 50 lakh on 16 September, 60 lakh on 28 September and crossed 70 lakh on 11 October.

According to the ICMR, total of 9,72,00,379 samples have been tested up to 20 October. At least, 10,83,608 samples were tested on Tuesday alone.

The 717 new fatalities include 213 from Maharashtra, 66 from Karnataka, 61 from West Bengal, 50 each from Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu and 41 from Delhi.

A total of 1,15,914 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 42,453 from Maharashtra followed by 10,741 from Tamil Nadu, 10,608 from Karnataka, 6,714 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,481 from Andhra Pradesh, 6,180 from West Bengal, 6,081 from Delhi, 4,037 from Punjab and 3,651 from Gujarat.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the death soccurred 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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