Invigilators queuing up to undergo security checks during the UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Hyderabad on October 4, 2020.
Invigilators queuing up to undergo security checks during the UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Hyderabad on October 4, 2020.IANS

India records 903 more COVID-19 deaths, 74,442 new cases of infection

New Delhi, October 5, 2020

In significantly lower numbers, India today reported 903 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 74,442 fresh cases of infection -- numbers that are significantly lower than those registered in recent days.

With these, the death toll so far due to the disease increased to 102,685 while the total number of cases of infection has risen to 6,623,815 since the first case was reported in the country in late January this year.

On the positive side, the number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 continued to increase and stood at 5,586,703 as of this morning.

The number of active cases has gone down by 3,198 since yesterday to 934,427.

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 940 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 75,829 new cases yesterday.

This is the third time in seven days that the country has reported less than 1,000 deaths in a single day and the fourth time in seven days that it 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 25 days. It has registered more than 1,100 deaths on 18 of the last 28 days and a thousand-plus deaths for 31 of the last 35 days.

India, which has been recording more fresh cases of infection than any other country for the past several days, has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for 12 of the last 30 days and more than 80,000 cases for 27 of the last 33 days. It has reported more than 75,000 cases on 37 of the last 40 days, more than 60,000 cases on 54 of the last 55 days and more than 50,000 new cases for the 67th consecutive day today.

The world has reported a total of more than 35.078 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,036,104 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 7.42 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 4.915 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (209,810) and Brazil (146,352).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare showed that the 903 new deaths reported in India today included 326 in Maharashtra.

It was followed by 67 deaths in Karnataka, 66 in Tamil Nadu, 62 in West Bengal, 52 in Uttar Pradesh, 41 in Punjab, 40 in Andhra Pradesh, 38 in Delhi, 35 in Madhya Pradesh, 23 in Kerala, 20 in Haryana, 15 each in Odisha and Rajasthan, 14 each in Assam and Chhattisgarh, 11 in Jammu & Kashmir, nine each in Gujarat and Jharkhand, eight in Telangana, seven in Himachal Pradesh, six each in Goa and Tripura, five in Puducherry, four in Uttarakhand, three each in Bihar and Manipur, two each in Chandigarh and Sikkim.

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

Of the total of 102,685 deaths in India so far, Maharashtra accounts for the highest at 38,084, followed by 9,784 in Tamil Nadu, 9,286 in Karnataka, 6,029 in Uttar Pradesh, 5,981 in Andhra Pradesh, 5,510 in national capital Delhi, 5,194 in West Bengal, 3,603 in Punjab, 3,496 in Gujarat, 2,434 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,545 in Rajasthan, 1,470 in Haryana, 1,242 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,171 in Telangana, 1,045 in Chhattisgarh, 915 in Bihar, 907 in Odisha, 836 in Kerala, 749 in Assam 743 in Jharkhand, 652 in Uttarakhand, 539 in Puducherry, 456 in Goa, 299 in Tripura, 217 in Himachal Pradesh, 174 in Chandigarh, 74 in Manipur, 61 in Ladakh, 54 in Meghalaya, 53 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 45 in Sikkim, 18 in Arunachal Pradesh, 17 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 6,623,815 cases in India so far include the 102,685 patients who have died as well as the 5,586,703 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 934,427 as of this morning, down 3,198 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 76,737 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 84.34%, according to the data.

Of the total of 74,442 new cases of infection reported in the country today, Maharashtra accounted for 12,548, followed by 10,145 in Karnataka, 8,553 in Kerala, 6,242 in Andhra Pradesh, 5,489 in Tamil Nadu, 3,840 in Uttar Pradesh, 3,357 in West Bengal and 3,326 in Odisha.

Other states have reported less than 3,000 cases each in the past 24 hours.

As far as total number of cases so far is concerned, Maharashtra tops the list with 1,443.409, followed by 719,256 in Andhra Pradesh, 640,661 in Karnataka, 619,996 in Tamil Nadu, 414,466 in Uttar Pradesh 290,613 in Delhi, 270,331 in West Bengal 232,713 in Odisha, 229,886 in Kerala and 200,611 in Telangana -- the ten most affected states.


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