Covid-19: India reports 54,366 new cases; total up 77,61,312

New Delhi: For the fifth consecutive day, India’s Coronavirus daily cases remained below 60,000.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the country reported 54,366 new infections, thus taking the total caseload to 77,61,312.  The death toll climbed to 1,17,306 with 690 fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of active cases of the Coronavirus infection is below 7 lakh. There are 6,95,509 active cases of Covid-19 in the country as on date which comprises 8.96 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

A total of 69,48,497 people have recuperated from the disease so far pushing the national recovery rate to 89.53 per cent while the case fatality rate due to Covid-19 was recorded at 1.51 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, 60 lakh on 28 September and crossed 70 lakh on 11 October.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 10,01,13,085 samples have been tested up to 22 October with 14,42,722 samples being tested on Thursday.

The 690 new fatalities include 198 from Maharashtra, 74 from Karnataka, 64 from West Bengal, 52 from Chhattisgarh, 45 from Tamilnadu and 35 each from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

The total 1,17,306 deaths reported so far in the country include 42,831 from Maharashtra, 10,825 from Tamilnadu, 10,770 from Karnataka, 6,790 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,524 from Andhra Pradesh, 6,308 from West Bengal, 6,163 from Delhi, 4,072 from Punjab and 3,667 from Gujarat.

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


NT Bureau