Covid-19: India crosses 66-lakh mark; death toll 1,02,685

New Delhi: With 74,442 fresh infections being reported in a day, India’s Coronavirus cases crossed 66-lakh mark today.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the country’s total Covid-19 caseload now stands at 66,23,815.┬áThe death toll has climbed to 1,02,685 with the virus claiming 903 lives in a span of 24 hours, the data said.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 55,86,703, pushing the recovery rate to 84.34 per cent.

There are 9,34,427 active cases of the Coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 14.11 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

Covid-19 case fatality was recorded at 1.55 per cent. 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 and crossed 60 lakh on 28 September.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 7,99,82,394 samples have been tested up to October 4 with 9,89,860 samples being tested on Sunday.

The 903 new fatalities include 326 from Maharashtra, 67 from Karnataka, 66 from Tamilnadu, 62 from West Bengal, 52 from Uttar Pradesh, 41 from Punjab, 40 from Andhra Pradesh, 38 from Delhi and 35 from Madhya Pradesh.

The total 1,02,685 deaths reported so far in the country includes 38,084 from Maharashtra followed by 9,784 from Tamilnadu, 9,286 from Karnataka, 6,029 from Uttar Pradesh, 5,981 from Andhra Pradesh, 5,510 from Delhi, 5,194 from West Bengal, 3,603 from Punjab and 3,496 from Gujarat.

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


NT Bureau