Covid-19: India records 18,088 new cases and 264 deaths

New Delhi: With 18,088 new infections, India’s Coronavirus caseload rose to 1,03,74,932 today.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the country’s Covid 19 death toll increased to 1,50,114 with 264 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data said.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 99,97,272 pushing the national recovery rate to 96.36 per cent, while the Covid-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 per cent.

The Covid-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the 16th consecutive day. There are 2,27,546, active cases of Coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 2.19 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, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

According to the ICMR, 17,74,63,405 samples have been tested up to 5 January with 9,31,408 samples being tested on Tuesday.

The 264 new fatalities include 64 from Maharashtra, 25 from Chhattisgarh, and 24 each from West Bengal and Kerala and 20 from Uttar Pradesh.

A total of 1,50,114 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 49,759 from Maharashtra followed by 12,177 from Tamilnadu, 12,118 from Karnataka, 10,609 from Delhi, 9,841 from West Bengal, 8,433 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,122 from Andhra Pradesh and 5,404 from Punjab.

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


NT Bureau