For the first time in one-and-a-half months, the active coronavirus infection tally in India has dropped below eight lakhs. For nine days in a row now, active cases have remained below the nine lakh mark.
India’s COVID-19 caseload has outstripped 74 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 65 lakh, the recovery rate is now at 87.78 per cent. The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,12,998 with the virus claiming 837 lives in a day, while the infection tally mounted to 74,32,680 with 62,212 new cases being reported.
India’s COVID-19 graph has been on decline for some time now. 10 states—Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Odisha—are in the thick of action in the fight against the pandemic, accounting for more than half the cases. 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 past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11.
However, the onset of the winter and the looming festive season holds some serious concerns. A National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) report has warned that Delhi alone is likely to report around 15,000 COVID-19 cases daily because of the prevalence of respiratory illnesses during this season that worsen symptoms of the disease.
There are 7,95,087 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 10.70 per cent of the total caseload, while the recoveries have surged to 65,24,595, according to the data The COVID-19 case fatality rate due COVID-19 was recorded at 1.52 per cent.
The 837 new fatalities include 306 from Maharashtra, 73 from Karnataka, 61 from West Bengal, 57 from Tamil Nadu, 46 from Uttar Pradesh and 40 from Chhattisgarh.
A total of 1,12,998 deaths reported so far in the country includes 41,502 from Maharashtra, followed by 10,529 from Tamil Nadu, 10,356 from Karnataka, 6,589 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,382 from Andhra Pradesh, 5,946 from Delhi, 5,931 from West Bengal, 3,980 from Punjab and 3,617 from Gujarat. The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.