Covid-19: India crosses 53-lakh mark; death toll up 85,619

New Delhi: With nearly 90,000 cases being reported in the last few days, India’s Coronavirus caseload crossed 53-lakh mark today.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the total number of cases mounted to 53,08,014 and the death toll climbed to 85,619 with the virus claiming 1,247 lives in a span of 24 hours.

Meanwhile, India’s single-day recovery outstripped the number of new infections as nearly 96,000 people recuperated from the novel Coronavirus.

The figures released at 8 am showed that while 95,880 people recovered from COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, 93,337 new infections were recorded during the period. The total recoveries now stands to 42,08,431, pushing the recovery rate to 79.28 per cent.

There are 10,13,964 active cases of Covid-19 in the country, which constitute 19.10 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

The country’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, the 30-lakh mark on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September, and it went past 50 lakh on 16 September.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a cumulative 6,24,54,254 Covid-19 samples have been tested up to 18 September – 8,81,911 of them on Friday.

The 1,247 new deaths include 440 from Maharashtra, 179 from Karnataka, 98 from Uttar Pradesh, 67 each from Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu, 62 from Punjab, 59 from West Bengal, 31 from Puducherry and 30 from Delhi.

The total 85,619 deaths reported so far in the country include 1,791 from Maharashtra followed by 8,685 from Tamilnadu, 7,808 from Karnataka, 5,244 from ndhra Pradesh.

The national capital has reported 4,907 deaths while 4,869 fatalities have been recorded in Uttar Pradesh, 4,242 in West Bengal, 3,286 in Gujarat, 2,708 in Punjab and 1,901 in Madhya Pradesh.

The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths have 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.


NT Bureau