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

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

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

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

A total of 70,816 patients have recovered and discharged in a span of 24 hours whereas 62,212 new COVID-19 cases were reported during the same period, according to data updated by the ministry at 8 am.

The Union Health Ministry on Saturday said that India has reached an "unprecedented peak" as active cases in the country drop below 8 lakh for the first time in 1.5 months.

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.

The government data showed 65,24,595 have been discharged, 7,95,087 are now active while 1,12,998 lost the battle against the pandemic.

The national recovery rate has improved to 87.56 per cent. The difference between active cases and recovered cases is consistently increasing and stands at 57,29,508 today. "The very high testing has resulted in the continuous falling positivity rate".

"The COVID-19 case fatality rate has been on the slide continuously. At the current figure of 1.52 per cent, it is the lowest since March 22", it highlighted.

Of the 895 fatalities reported in 24 hours, almost 82% are concentrated in 10 states and UTs of Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha and Delhi, the ministry said.

Victoria has recorded just two new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours as Premier Daniel Andrews prepares to announce further easing of restrictions this weekend. Maharashtra alone has contributed the maximum with more than 13,000 single-day recoveries.

The Centre continues to support the state and UT governments in the collective fight against the global pandemic. Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are the other states where the Centre would send their expert team. "The Central teams shall also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up", it added.