Covid-19: India records 18,139 new cases and 234 deaths

New Delhi: With 18,139 new infections, India’s Coronavirus caseload rose to 1,00,37,398 today.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the country’s Covid-19 death toll reached 1,50,570 as 234 more people succumbed to the disease.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,00,37,398, pushing the national recovery rate to 96.39 per cent, while the Covid-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.45 per cent.

The active Covid-19 caseload remained below three lakh for the 18th consecutive day. There are 2,25,449 active Coronavirus infections in the country, which account for 2.16 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), 17,93,36,364 samples have been tested for Covid-19 till 7 January, including 9,35,369 on Thursday.

The 234 new fatalities include 72 from Maharashtra, 25 from Kerala, 19 from Delhi and 18 from West Bengal.

Of the total 1,50,570 Covid-19 deaths reported in the country so far, Maharashtra accounted for 49,897, followed by Tamilnadu (12,200), Karnataka (12,131), Delhi (10,644), West Bengal (9,881), Uttar Pradesh (8,452), Andhra Pradesh (7,126) and Punjab (5,422).

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


NT Bureau