Covid-19: India records 20,346 new cases and 222 deaths

New Delhi: With 20,346 new infections, India’s Coronavirus caseload rose to 1,03,95,278 today.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the country’s Covid-19 death toll increased to 1,50,336 as 22 people succumbed to the disease in a span of 24 hours.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,00,16,859, pushing the national recovery rate to 96.36 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 17th consecutive day.

There are 2,28,083 active Coronavirus cases in the country, which account for 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, 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), 17,84,00,995 samples have been tested for Covid-19 till 6 January, including 9,37,590 on Wednesday.

The 222 new fatalities include 66 from Maharashtra, 25 from Kerala, 22 from West Bengal and 16 from Delhi.

Of the total 1,50,336 Covid-19 deaths reported in the country so far, Maharashtra has accounted for the highest of 49,825, followed by Tamilnadu (12,188), Karnataka (12,124), Delhi (10,625), West Bengal (9,863), Uttar Pradesh (8,441), Andhra Pradesh (7,125) and Punjab (5,412).

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

NT Bureau