India registers 1,089 more COVID-19 deaths, 85,362 new cases of infection
People wearing face masks and face shields while travelling in a metro train amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Kolkata on September 25, 2020. IANS

India registers 1,089 more COVID-19 deaths, 85,362 new cases of infection

Death toll rises to 93,379; total cases go past 5.903 million; active cases fall to 960,969

New Delhi, September 26, 2020

India today registered 1,089 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 85,362 new cases of infection in the past 24 hours as the deadly virus continued to spread and cause concern in various states.

With these, the COVID-19 death toll in the country has crossed the 93,000-mark to reach 93,379 while the total number of cases has climbed past the 5.9-million mark and stood at 5,903,932 as of this morning.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 continued to surge, reaching 4,849,584 -- up 93,420 from yesterday,official data showed.

The number of active cases has also gone down by 9,147 to 960,969 today.

India is now the top country in terms of COVID-19 recoveries, overtaking the USA, and accounts for about one-fifth of the total global recoveries.

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 1,141 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 86,052 new cases yesterday.

The country has reported more than 1,200 deaths in a 24-hour period four times in the past 16 days. It has registered more than 1,100 deaths on 15 of the last 19 days and a thousand-plus deaths for 25 consecutive days now.

India has also been reporting more new cases of infection than any other country for the past several days. It has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for 12 of the last 21 days and more than 80,000 cases for 22 of the last 24 days. It has reported more than 75,000 cases on 30 of the last 31 days, more than 60,000 cases on 45 of the last 46 days and more than 50,000 new cases for the 58th consecutive day today.

The world has reported a total of more than 32.475 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll stood at 987,754 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 7.032 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 4.689 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (203,746) and Brazil (140,537).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, showed that the 1,089 new deaths reported in India today included as many as 416 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country.

It was followed by 86 in Karnataka, 84 in Uttar Pradesh, 72 in Tamil Nadu, 68 in Punjab, 59 in West Bengal, 48 in Andhra Pradesh, 30 in Madhya Pradesh, 25 in Chhattisgarh, 24 in Delhi, 22 in Kerala, 21 in Jammu & Kashmir, 18 in Haryana, 17 in Assam, 15 each in Odisha and Rajasthan, 13 in Uttarakhand, 12 in Gujarat, 11 in Telangana, nine in Jharkhand, seven each in Himachal Pradesh and Puducherry, three each in Goa and Tripura, two in Ladakh, and one each in Chandigarh and Manipur.

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

Of the total of 93,379 deaths in India so far, Maharashtra accounts for the highest at 34,761, followed by 9,148 in Tamil Nadu, 8,417 in Karnataka, 5,606 in Andhra Pradesh, 5,450 in Uttar Pradesh, 5,147 in national capital Delhi, 4,665 in West Bengal, 3,393 in Gujarat, 3,134 in Punjab, 2,152 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,412 in Rajasthan, 1,273 in Haryana, 1,105 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,091 in Telangana, 878 in Bihar, 777 in Chhattisgarh, 767 in Odisha, 661 in Jharkhand, 635 in Kerala, 625 in Assam, 555 in Uttarakhand, 494 in Puducherry, 386 in Goa, 268 in Tripura, 157 in Himachal Pradesh, 145 in Chandigarh, 63 in Manipur, 56 in Ladakh, 52 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 43 in Meghalaya, 31 in Sikkim, 16 in Nagaland, 14 in Arunachal Pradesh, 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 5,903,932 cases in India so far include the 93,379 patients who have died as well as the 4,849,584 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 960,069 as of this morning, down 9,147 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 93,420 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 82.14%, according to the data.


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