Covid-19: India crosses 99-lakh mark; death toll up 1,43,709

New Delhi: With 22,065 new infections, India’s Coronavirus cases crossed 99-lakh mark today.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the country’s total Covid-19 caseload now stands at 99,06,165. The death toll rose to 1,43,709 with 354 new fatalities.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 94,22,636 pushing the national recovery rate to 95.12 per cent, while the Covid-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.45 per cent.

The active Covid-19 caseload remained below four lakh for the eighth consecutive day on Tuesday.

There are 3,39,820 active Coronavirus infections in the country which constitute 3.43 per cent 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; 70 lakh on 11 October; 80 lakh on 29 October; and 90 lakh on 20 November.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 15,55,60,655 samples have been tested up to 14 December, of which 9,93,665 were conducted on Monday.

The 354 new fatalities include 60 each from Delhi and Maharashtra, 43 from West Bengal, 24 from Kerala and 21 from Punjab.

Total 1,43,709 deaths reported so far in the country include 48,269 from Maharashtra, 11,954 from Karnataka, 11,909 from Tamilnadu, 10,074 from Delhi, 9,100 from West Bengal, 8,083 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,059 from Andhra Pradesh, and 5,098 from Punjab.

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


NT Bureau