Covid-19: India records 19,079 new cases and 224 deaths

New Delhi: With 19,079 new infections, India’s Coronavirus caseload rose to 1,03,05,788 today.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the country’s Covid-19 death toll increased to 1,49,218 with 224 new fatalities.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 99,06,387, pushing the national recovery rate to 96.12 per cent, while the Covid-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.45 per cent.

The number of active Covid-19 cases remained below three lakh for the 12th consecutive day.

There are 2,50,183 active Coronavirus cases in the country, which accounts for 2.43 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, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September.

It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, 80 lakh on 29 October , 90 lakh on 20 November and the one-crore mark on 19 December.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 17,39,41,658 samples were tested for Covid-19 in the country till 1 January, including 8,29,964 on Friday.

The 224 new fatalities include 59 from Maharashtra, 26 from West Bengal, 23 from Kerala and 21 from Delhi.

Of the 1,49,218 Covid-19 deaths reported in the country so far, Maharashtra has accounted for the highest of 49,580, followed by Tamilnadu (12,135), Karnataka (12,096), Delhi (10,557), West Bengal (9,738), Uttar Pradesh (8,379), Andhra Pradesh (7,108) and Punjab (5,349).

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


NT Bureau