India records 702 more COVID-19 deaths, 55,839 new cases of infection
Health workers collecting samples for COVID-19 testing, at Bengaluru Central Railway Station on October 21, 2020. IANS

India records 702 more COVID-19 deaths, 55,839 new cases of infection

Death toll rises to 116,616; total cases cross 7.706 million; total recoveries surge to 6.874 million; active cases dip to 715,812

New Delhi, October 22, 2020

India today reported 702 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 55,839 new cases of infection as the virus continued to cause concern in many parts of the country though it appeared to be spreading at a slower pace.

With these, the death toll so far due to the disease has increased to 116,616 and the total number of cases of infection has climbed to 7,706,946 since the first case was reported in the country in late January.

This is the second day that the number of deaths has stayed above 700 after dropping to below 600 for the previous two days. The number of new cases of COVID-19 had dropped below 50,000 for the first time in 82 days at 46,790 on October 20.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 continued to increase and stood at 6,874,518 as of this morning.

The number of active cases has gone down further by 24,278 since yesterday to 715,812.

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 717 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 54,044 new cases of infection yesterday.

On October 13, the number of new cases in a single day had fallen below 60,00 for the first time in more than two months.

Today is the 19th consecutive day and the 21st time in 22 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 41 days. It has registered a thousand-plus deaths on 32 of the last 51 days.

India has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for 12 of the last 47 days and more than 80,000 cases for 27 of the last 59 days. It has reported more than 75,000 cases on 38 of the last 57 days, more than 60,000 cases on 66 of the last 72 days and more than 50,000 new cases for 83 of the last 84 days.

The world has reported a total of more than 41.171 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,130,606 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 8.336 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 5.298 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (222,176) and Brazil (155,403).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare showed that the 702 new deaths reported in India today included 180 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state.

It was followed by 88 deaths in Karnataka, 64 in West Bengal, 47 in Delhi, 44 in Chhattisgarh, 41 in Uttar Pradesh, 39 in Tamil Nadu, 27 in Andhra Pradesh, 26 in Kerala, 23 in Punjab, 17 in Madhya Pradesh, 14 each in Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, 13 in Odisha, nine in Gujarat, eight in Bihar, five each in Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana, three each in Manipur and Puducherry, two each in Goa, Jharkhand and Tripura, and one each in Ladakh and Meghalaya.

No new deaths were reported today from Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Of the total of 116,616 deaths so far in India, Maharashtra accounts for the highest number at 42,633, followed by 10,780 in Tamil Nadu, 10,696 in Karnataka, 6,755 in Uttar Pradesh, 6,508 in Andhra Pradesh, 6,244 in West Bengal, 6,128 in national capital Delhi, 4,060 in Punjab, 3,660 in Gujarat, 2,828 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,788 in Rajasthan, 1,674 in Haryana, 1,628 in Chhattisgarh, 1,402 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,292 in Telangana, 1,232 in Kerala, 1,181 in Odisha, 1,019 in Bihar, 960 in Uttarakhand, 889 in Assam, 851 in Jharkhand, 580 in Puducherry, 557 in Goa, 334 in Tripura, 279 in Himachal Pradesh, 209 in Chandigarh, 124 in Manipur, 77 in Meghalaya, 68 in Ladakh, 63 in Sikkim, 56 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 31 in Arunachal Pradesh, 28 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 7,706,946 cases in India so far include the 116,616 patients who have died as well as the 6,874,518 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 715,812 as of this morning, down 24,278 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 79,415 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 89.19%, according to the data.


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