National coronavirus tally rises to 66.85 lakh with 61,267 fresh cases

The daily spike in coronavirus infections dropped below 65,000 on Tuesday and the total recoveries surpassed 56 lakh, pushing the recovery rate to 84.70 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry.

However, the COVID-19 caseload rose to 66,85,082 with 61,267 new infections, the data updated at 8 am showed. The death toll climbed to 1,03,569 with 884 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data showed. The total recoveries have surged to 56,62,490 while there are 9,19,023 active cases of the coronavirus in the country which comprises 13.75 per cent of the total caseload.

The fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection was recorded at 1.55 per cent. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past50 lakh on September 16 and crossed 60 lakh on September 28.

According to ICMR, a total of 8,10,71,797 samples have been tested until October 5 with 10,89,403 samples being tested on Monday. The 884 new fatalities include 263 from Maharashtra, 84 from Karnataka, 63 from Uttar Pradesh, 62 from Tamil Nadu, 61 from West Bengal, 38 each from Punjab and Andhra Pradesh, 36 from Chhattisgarh and 32 from Delhi.

A total of 1,03,569 deaths reported so far in the country includes 38,347 from Maharashtra followed by 9,846 from Tamil Nadu, 9,370 from Karnataka, 6,092 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,019 from Andhra Pradesh, 5,542 from Delhi, 5,255 from West Bengal, 3,641 from Punjab and 3,509 from Gujarat. The Health Ministry stressed that over 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities, additional conditions co-occurring with a primary condition. “Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation. 


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