India registers 391 more COVID-19 deaths, 30,254 new cases of infection
People undergoing COVID-19 tests organised by the New Delhi district administration at Palika Bazar, amid the ongoing pandemic, in New Delhi on December 12, 2020.IANS

India registers 391 more COVID-19 deaths, 30,254 new cases of infection

New Delhi, December 13, 2020

India today reported 391 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 30,254 new cases of infection even as the spread of the virus maintained a downward trend in most parts of the country.

With the latest numbers, the death toll has gone up to 143,017 while the total number of cases of infection in the country so far, since the first case was reported in late January, has risen to 9,857,029.

The number of deaths in a 24-hour period dipped below the 400-mark today after staying above that level for the previous four days.

The number of new cases of infection in a day remained below 50,000 for the 33rd consecutive day and below 40,000 for the 14th consecutive day today. It fell below 30,000 twice in the last six days.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 has increased to 9,357,464 as of this morning, up 33,136 from yesterday, making for a recovery rate of 94.93%.

The number of active cases decreased by 3,273 in the past 24 hours to 356,546, the lowest in nearly five months.

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 442 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 30,006 new cases of infection yesterday.

The world has reported a total of more than 71.698 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has climbed to 1,604,928 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 16.058 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 6.880 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (297,801) and Brazil (181,123).

NNN

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