Tuesday, 20 October, 2020

India's COVID-19 infection tally crosses 74 lakh with 62212 new cases

Just two new coronavirus cases, zero deaths, recorded in Victoria over past 24 hours Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: COVID-19 cases rise to 73.7 lakh, death toll at 1.12 lakh
Gustavo Carr | 18 October, 2020, 13:12

Enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre's standard treatment protocol by states and union territories, and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries with commensurate dip in the fatality rate, the ministry underscored. The total number of confirmed cases mounted to 74,32,680 after 62,212 more people tested positive for the infectious disease, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Earlier on Friday, the Health Ministry had claimed that the country (India) has one of the lowest 81 COVID-19 deaths per million population in the world with less than 1,000 fatalities registered daily since October 4, while the fatality rate of 1.52 per cent yesterday was the lowest since March 22.

"These States have been reporting a surge in the number of new Covid-19 cases in recent days", it said.

Among other severely affected states, Karnataka has 1,13,557 active cases; while 6,20,008 people have recovered, 10,283 succumbed to the novel coronavirus. The Centre continues to support the state and Union Territory governments in the collective fight against the global pandemic, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

The tally of active cases on Saturday slightly rose to 22,884 from 22,814 the previous day.

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These results have been boosted by 22 states and Union Territories which have demonstrated better performance and are reporting even lower deaths per million population compared to the national average, it said.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 15,76,062 cases, including 41,502 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

The spike is lower than the Friday figures of 63,371 coronavirus new cases and 895 deaths recorded in 24 hours.

Kerala now has 94,609 active cases. The difference between active cases and recovered cases is consistently increasing and stands at 57,29,508 today.

The national recovery rate has further risen to 87.78 per cent.