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India registers 512 more COVID-19 deaths, 36,652 new cases of infection
Death toll increases to 139,700; total cases cross 9.608 million; recoveries rise to 9.058 million; active cases fall to 409,689
New Delhi, December 5, 2020
India today registered 512 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 36,652 new cases of infection in the past 24 hours even as the Government is finalising a vaccination strategy that would prioritise health workers and other vulnerable sections as the first to get the vaccines when they become available.
With the latest numbers, the death toll has gone up to 139,700 while the total number of cases of infection in the country so far, since the first case was reported in late January, has climbed to 9,608,211.
The number of deaths in a 24-hour period stayed above the 500-mark for the fourth consecutive day today after staying below that level for the previous five days.
The number had fallen below 500 on October 26 for the first time after more than three months and has since then been fluctuating slightly above and below that mark.
The number of new cases of infection in a day remained below 50,000 for the 27th consecutive day today.
The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 has increased to 9,058,822 as of this morning, up 42,533 from yesterday, making for a recovery rate of 94.28%.
The number of active cases decreased by 6,393 in the past 24 hours to 409,689.
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 540 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 36,595 new cases of infection yesterday.
The world has reported a total of more than 65.862 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,518,096 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 14.367 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 6.533 million cases).
In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (278,872) and Brazil (175,964).