The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,26,86,049 while the toll increased to 1,65,547, the Union health ministry data showed

India registers 96,982 new coronavirus cases, 446 fatalities in past 24 hours

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New Delhi:  The daily rise in new coronavirus infections in India remained above 90,000 for the third consecutive day, taking the nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,26,86,049, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Tuesday.

A total of 96,982 cases have been reported in a span of 24 hours, while the toll increased to 1,65,547 with 446 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

India on Monday recorded an all-time high of 1,03,558 single-day new coronavirus infections in a span of 24 hours.

Registering a steady increase for the 27th day in row, the active cases rose to 7,88,223, comprising 6.21 percent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 92.48 percent, the data stated.

The active caseload was at its lowest at 1, 35,926 on 12 February comprising 1.25 percent of the total infections.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,17,32,279, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.30 percent, 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, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October,90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

According to the ICMR, 25,02,31,269 samples have been tested up to 5 April, with 12,11,612 samples being tested on Monday.

The 446 new fatalities include 155 from Maharashtra, 72 from Punjab, 44 from Chhattisgarh,32 from Karnataka, 15 each from Delhi, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, 13 from Uttar Pradesh, 12 each from Kerala and Rajasthan, 11 from Tamil Nadu and 10 from Jharkhand.

A total of 1,65,547 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 56,033 from Maharashtra, 12,789 from Tamil Nadu, 12,657 from Karnataka, 11,096 from Delhi, 10,348 from West Bengal, 8,894 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,244 from Andhra Pradesh and 7,155 from Punjab.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“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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