India records 214 COVID-19 deaths, 16,504 new cases in past 24 hours
A beneficiary receives 'vaccination' during a mock immunisation process at a healthcare centre as part of the COVID-19 vaccination dry run, in Panaji, Goa on January 2, 2021. IANS

India records 214 COVID-19 deaths, 16,504 new cases in past 24 hours

New Delhi, January 4, 2021

India today recorded 214 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 16,504 new cases of infection in the past 24 hours as the spread of the virus continued to slow down across the country.

With the latest numbers put out by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare this morning, the death toll so far has risen to 149,649 and the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country, since the first case was registered in late January, has risen to 10,340,469.

The number of deaths in a 24-hour period remained below the 300-mark for the tenth consecutive day and below the 400-mark for the 23rd day running today.

The number of new cases of infection in a day remained below 40,000 for the 36th consecutive day today, below 30,000 for the 21st day in a row and below 20,000 for the third successive day.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 9,946,867 as of this morning, up 19,557 from yesterday, making for a recovery rate of 96.19%.

The number of active cases dipped by 3,267 in the past 24 hours to 243,953.

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 217 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 18,177 new cases of infection yesterday.

The world has reported a total of more than 85.098 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has climbed to 1,842,590 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 20.630 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 7.733 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (351,,472) and Brazil (196,018).


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