Covid-19: India nears 64-lakh mark; death toll inches towards 1 lakh

New Delhi: India’s Coronavirus cases are  moving towards 64-lakh with 81,484 new infections being reported in a day.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the country’s total Covid-19 caseload now stands at 63,94,068. The death toll has climbed to 99,773 with the infection claiming 1,095 lives in a span of 24 hours, the data said.

The total recoveries have surged to 53,52,078. There are 9,42,217 active cases of Coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 14.74 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. The Covid-19 case fatality rate was recorded at 1.56 per cent, it said.

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 the 50 lakh-mark on 16 September and crossed 60 lakh on 28 September.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 7,67,17,728 samples have been tested for Covid-19 up to 1 October, with 10,97,947 samples tested on Thursday.

The 1,095 latest fatalities include 394 from Maharashtra, 130 from Karnataka, 80 from Uttar Pradesh, 66 from Tamilnadu, 59 from West Bengal, 45 from Punjab, 41 from Andhra Pradesh, 40 from Delhi and 29 each from Chhattisgarh and Kerala.

The total 99,773 COVID-19 deaths reported so far in the country include 37,056 from Maharashtra followed by 9,586 from Tamilnadu, 8,994 from Karnataka, 5,869 from Andhra Pradesh, 5,864 from Uttar Pradesh, 5,401 from Delhi, 5,017 from West Bengal, 3,460 from Gujarat, 3,451 from Punjab and 2,336 from Madhya Pradesh.

The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.


NT Bureau