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New Delhi, September 6, 2020
India today recorded a new high of 90,632 fresh cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and 1,065 more deaths as the deadly virus continued to spread and claim lives in different parts of the country.
With these, the total number of persons infected by the virus in the country so far has risen to 4,113,811 and the death toll has crossed the 70,000-mark to touch 70,626.
The highest number of deaths in a single day in the country -- 1,096 -- was reported on September 4.
The previous high in terms of new cases in a 24-hour period -- 86,432 -- was reported yesterday (September 5). This is the first time that the number of new cases has crossed the 90,000-mark.
The country has reported a thousand-plus COVID deaths for five consecutive days now, on 12 of the last 28 days and nine of the last 12 days. It has reported more than 900 deaths on 22 of the last 25 days.
This is the 33rd consecutive day that the country has reported more than 800 COVID deaths in a single day, the 39th consecutive day that it has reported more than 700 deaths, the 45th consecutive day that it has reported more than 600 deaths and the 55th consecutive day that it has reported 500 or more deaths. It has reported more than 200 deaths each day since the beginning of June.
India has been reporting more new cases of infection than any other country for the past several days. It has reported more than 80,000 cases in a 24-hour period for four days now, more than 75,000 cases on ten of the last 11 days, more than 60,000 cases on 24 of the last 26 days and more than 50,000 new cases for the 38th consecutive day today.
On the positive side, the number of patients who have recovered continues to show an uptrend. It crossed the 3-million mark last week and stood at 3,180,865 this morning.
The world has reported a total of more than 26.782 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the death toll stood at 878,237 this morning.
India is now placed third in the world both in terms of the total number of cases of infection and the number of deaths due to the virus.
In terms of the total number of cases, it ranks third after the United States (6.245 million cases so far) and Brazil (4.123 million).
In terms of the number of deaths, India ranks third after the US (188,514) and Brazi (125,521). Mexico, with 67,326 deaths so far, has moved down to the fourth spot.
Figures released by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare this morning showed that the 1,065 new deaths included 312 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in India, followed by 128 in Karnataka, 81 in Uttar Pradesh, 71 in Andhra Pradesh, 69 in Punjab, 61 in Tamil Nadu, 58 in West Bengal, 34 in Bihar, 30 in Madhya Pradesh, 25 in Delhi, 22 in Haryana, 19 in Chhattisgarh, 18 each in Puducherry and Uttarakhand, 15 each in Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand, 14 in Rajasthan, 11 in Kerala, nine each in Goa and Telangana, eight in Tripura, seven each in Assam and Odisha, four in Himachal Pradesh, and one each in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Meghalaya and Manipur.
No new deaths were reported today from Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Ladakh, Nagaland and Sikkim.
Of the total of 70,626 deaths in India so far, Maharashtra accounts for the highest at 26,276, followed by 7,748 in Tamil Nadu, 6,298 in Karnataka, 4,538 in national capital Delhi, 4,347 in Andhra Pradesh, 3,843 in Uttar Pradesh, 3,510 in West Bengal, 3,091 in Gujarat, 1,808 in Punjab, 1,543 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,122 in Rajasthan, 886 in Telangana, 781 in Haryana, 770 in Jammu and Kashmir, 735 in Bihar, 538 in Odisha, 462 in Jharkhand, 352 in Assam, 356 in Chhattisgarh, 337 in Kerala, 330 in Uttarakhand, 298 in Puducherry, 229 in Goa, 144 in Tripura, 69 in Chandigarh, 54 in Himachal Pradesh, 50 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 36 in Manipur, 35 in Ladakh, 15 in Meghalaya, ten in Nagaland, eight in Arunachal Pradesh, five in Sikkim 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 4,113,811 cases so far includes the 70,626 patients who have died as well as the 3,180,865 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 862,320 as of this morning, up 15,925 from yesterday.
The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 73,642 since yesterday -- the highest in a 24-hour period -- and the recovery rate stood at 77.32%, according to the data.
Maharashtra reported a new high of 20,800 fresh cases of infection during the past 24 hours -- the highest among all states -- taking its total number of cases so far to 883,862. Among other states, Andhra Pradesh reported 10,825 new cases, Karnataka 9,746 cases and Uttar Pradesh 6,590 cases.