An idol of Goddess Durga killing 'Coronasur' (Demon Corona) instead of Mahishasur, installed at a Community Puja pandal themed on COVID-19 at Vivekananda Sporting Club during Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata, on October 22, 2020.
An idol of Goddess Durga killing 'Coronasur' (Demon Corona) instead of Mahishasur, installed at a Community Puja pandal themed on COVID-19 at Vivekananda Sporting Club during Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata, on October 22, 2020. Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS

India registers 650 more COVID-19 deaths, 53,370 new cases of infection

Death toll rises to 117,956; total cases go up to 7.814 million; total recoveries cross 7 million; active cases fall to 680,680

New Delhi, October 24, 2020

India today registered 650 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 53,370 new cases of infection as the spread of the virus continued to show a declining trend in many parts of the country.

With these, the death toll so far due to the disease has increased to 117,956 and the total number of cases of infection has climbed to 7,814,682 since the first case was reported in the country in late January.

This is the fourth time in six days that the number of deaths in a single day has fallen below 700. The number of daily deaths was below 600 on October 19 and 20 before crossing 700 on the next two days.

The number of new cases of COVID-19 had dropped below 50,000 for the first time in 82 days at 46,790 on October 20

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 continued to increase and crossed the 7-million mark to stand at 7,016,046 as of this morning.

The number of active cases has gone down further by 14,829 since yesterday to 680,680 today.

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 690 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 54,366 new cases of infection yesterday.

On October 13, the number of new cases in a single day had fallen below 60,00 for the first time in more than two months.

Today is the 21st consecutive day and the 23rd time in 24 days that the country 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 43 days. It has registered a thousand-plus deaths on 32 of the last 53 days.

India has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for 12 of the last 49 days and more than 80,000 cases for 27 of the last 61 days. It has reported more than 75,000 cases on 38 of the last 59 days, more than 60,000 cases on 66 of the last 74 days and more than 50,000 new cases for 85 of the last 86 days.

The world has reported a total of more than 42.147 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,143,467 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 8.489 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 5.353 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (223,947) and Brazil (156,471).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare showed that the 650 new deaths reported in India today included 184 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state.

It was followed by 60 deaths in West Bengal, 58 in Chhattisgarh, 51 in Karnataka, 40 in Uttar Pradesh, 33 in Tamil Nadu, 26 each in Delhi and Kerala, 23 in Punjab, 20 in Andhra Pradesh, 18 in Odisha, 17 in Haryana, 14 in Rajasthan, 13 in Madhya Pradesh, 12 in Jammu & Kashmir, 11 in Uttarakhand, eight in Bihar, six in Gujarat, five each in Manipur and Telangana, four each in Assam and Goa, three in Jharkhand, two each in Chandigarh and Puducherry, , and one each in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura.

No new deaths were reported today from Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Ladakh, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Of the total of 117,956 deaths so far in India, Maharashtra accounts for the highest number at 43,015 followed by 10,858 in Tamil Nadu, 10,821 in Karnataka, 6,830 in Uttar Pradesh, 6,544 in Andhra Pradesh, 6,368 in West Bengal, 6,189 in national capital Delhi, 4,095 in Punjab, 3,673 in Gujarat, 2,855 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,814 in Rajasthan, 1,738 in Chhattisgarh, 1,705 in Haryana, 1,424 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,303 in Telangana, 1,281 in Kerala, 1,214 in Odisha, 1,034 in Bihar, 979 in Uttarakhand, 900 in Assam, 862 in Jharkhand, 584 in Puducherry, 568 in Goa, 340 in Tripura, 285 in Himachal Pradesh, 214 in Chandigarh, 132 in Manipur, 79 in Meghalaya, 68 in Ladakh, 63 in Sikkim, 58 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 33 in Arunachal Pradesh, 28 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 7,814,682 cases in India so far include the 117,956 patients who have died as well as the 7,016,046 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 680,680 as of this morning, down 14,829 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 67,549 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 89.78%, according to the data.


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