India COVID-19 daily cases fall to lowest in 101 days, deaths remain below 500 for second day
Wearing masks as a preventive measure against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the scion of the erstwhile Mysore royal family, offer floral tributes to the Golden Howdah at the inauguration of the Dasara Procession at Mysuru Palace on the occasion of Vijayadashami, in Mysuru on October 26, 2020.IANS

India COVID-19 daily cases fall to lowest in 101 days, deaths remain below 500 for second day

Death toll rises to 119,502; total cases cross 7.946 million; recoveries go past 7.201 million; active cases fall to 625,857

New Delhi, October 27, 2020

India today recorded its lowest number of new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in 101 days at 36,470 and the number of daily deaths, at 488, remained below 500 for the second consecutive day as the spread of the virus maintained a declining trend across the country.

With these, the death toll so far due to the disease has increased to 119,502 and the total number of cases of infection has climbed to 7,946,429 since the first case was reported in the country in late January.

The country had reported 34,884 new cases of infection on July 18 this year after which the numbers had remained on a rising trajectory till recently. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country on that date had stood at 1,038,766 and the death toll was 34,884.

Yesterday was the first time in 108 days that the number of deaths in a single day had fallen below 500. Today is the fifth time in nine days that the number of daily deaths has remained below 600.

This is the third time in seven days that number of new cases of COVID-19 has dropped below 50,000. On October 20, it had fallen below 50,000 for the first time in 82 days at 46,790. The number of new cases was 45,148 yesterday.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 continued to increase and stood at 7,201,070 as of this morning, which means the recovery rate has risen to 90.62%.

The number of active cases has gone down further by 27,860 since yesterday to 625,857 today.

The highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in a single day in the country -- 1,290 -- was reported on September 16. India had reported 480 deaths yesterday.

The highest number of fresh cases of infection in a 24-hour period -- 97,894 -- was reported on September 17. The country had recorded 45,148 new cases of infection yesterday.

On October 13, the number of new cases in a single day had fallen below 60,000 for the first time in more than two months.

Today is the 24th consecutive day and the 26th time in 27 days that the country has recorded less than 80,000 fresh cases of infection in a 24-hour period.

The country has reported more than 1,200 deaths in a 24-hour period four times in the past 46 days. It has registered a thousand-plus deaths on 32 of the last 56 days.

India has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for 12 of the last 52 days and more than 80,000 cases for 27 of the last 64 days. It has reported more than 60,000 cases on 66 of the last 77 days and more than 50,000 new cases for 86 of the last 89 days.

The world has reported a total of more than 43.483 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,158,883 as of this morning, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which is tracking the pandemic.

India is placed second in the world in terms of the total number of cases of infection so far, behind the United States (more than 8.702 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 5.409 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (225,697) and Brazil (157,397).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare showed that the 488 new deaths reported in India today included 84 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state.

This is the first time in more than five months that the number of COVID-19 deaths in the state has dropped below a hundred. The had reported a peak of 515 deaths in a day on September 15. It recorded 3,645 new cases yesterday, much lower than the highest number of 24,886 registered on September 11.

Maharashtra was followed by 59 deaths in West Bengal, 54 in Delhi, 43 in Chhattisgarh, 42 in Karnataka, 32 in Tamil Nadu, 22 in Uttar Pradesh, 20 in Kerala, 19 in Andhra Pradesh, 14 each in Odisha and Rajasthan, ten in Haryana, nine in BIhar, eight each in Punjab and Uttarakhand, six each in Goa, Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand, five each in Madhya Pradesh and Manipur, four each in Chandigarh, Gujarat and Telangana, two each in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland, and one each in Sikkim and Tripura.

No new deaths were reported today from Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Ladakh, Meghalaya and Puducherry.

Of the total of 119,502 deaths so far in India, Maharashtra accounts for the highest number at 43,348, followed by 10,956 in Tamil Nadu, 10,947 in Karnataka, 6,904 in Uttar Pradesh, 6,606 in Andhra Pradesh, 6,546 in West Bengal, 6,312 in national capital Delhi, 4,125 in Punjab, 3,690 in Gujarat, 2,890 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,861 in Chhattisgarh, 1,853 in Rajasthan, 1,737 in Haryana, 1,444 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,352 in Kerala, 1,315 in Telangana, 1,259 in Odisha, 1,058 in Bihar, 1,001 in Uttarakhand, 908 in Assam, 872 in Jharkhand, 588 in Puducherry, 582 in Goa, 344 in Tripura, 293 in Himachal Pradesh, 222 in Chandigarh, 144 in Manipur, 81 in Meghalaya, 71 in Ladakh, 65 in Sikkim, 58 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 35 in Arunachal Pradesh, 33 in Nagaland, and two in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.

Mizoram has not reported any COVID deaths so far while Lakshadweep Islands have not reported any cases of infection until now.

The total of 7,946,429 cases in India so far include the 119,502 patients who have died as well as the 7,201,070 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 625,857 as of this morning, down 27,860 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 63,842 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 90.62%, according to the data.

According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India's COVID-19 fatality rate has dipped to 1.5% -- the lowest since March 22 and among the lowest fatality rates in the world.

The Ministry said there were as many as 14 States and UTs with case fatality rate (CFR) lower than 1%.

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