India reports 1,033 more COVID deaths, 61,871 new cases of infection
Devotees undergo thermal screening and sanitisation of hands as they arrive to offer prayers at the Jhandewalan Temple on the first day of Navaratri, in New Delhi on October 17, 2020. IANS

India reports 1,033 more COVID deaths, 61,871 new cases of infection

Death toll rises to 114,031; total cases climb past 7.494 million; recoveries increase to 6.597 million; active cases go down to 783,311

New Delhi, October 18, 2020

India today reported 1,033 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 61,871 new cases of infection as the virus continued to spread and cause concern in many parts of the country.

With these, the death toll so far due to the disease has increased to 114,031 and the total number of cases of infection has gone up to 7,494,551 since the first case was reported in the country in late January this year.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 continued to increase and stood at 6,597,209 as of this morning.

The number of active cases has gone down further by 11,776 since yesterday to 783,311.

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 837 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 62,212 new cases yesterday.

This is the first time in 14 days that the country has reported more than a thousand deaths in a single day. It is the 15th consecutive day and the 17th time in 19 days that it 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 38 days. It has registered a thousand-plus deaths on 32 of the last 48 days.

India has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for 12 of the last 43 days and more than 80,000 cases for 27 of the last 55 days. It has reported more than 75,000 cases on 38 of the last 53 days, more than 60,000 cases on 66 of the last 68 days and more than 50,000 new cases for the 80th consecutive day today.

The world has reported a total of more than 39.607 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,108,785 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 8.105 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 5.224 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (219,285) and Brazil (153,675).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare showed that the 1,033 new deaths reported in India today included 463 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, and 95 in Uttarakhand, which includes 89 deaths in various districts of the state which were not reported earlier and are now included after reconciliation of the numbers of the past several days.

They were followed by 71 in Karnataka, 61 in West Bengal, 57 in Tamil Nadu, 40 in Uttar Pradesh, 35 in Delhi, 26 in Kerala, 24 in Andhra Pradesh, 19 in Punjab, 18 in Madhya Pradesh, 17 in Odisha, 14 in Chhattisgarh, 12 each in Assam and Rajasthan, nine each in Bihar and Gujarat, eight in Jharkhand, seven in Goa, six each in Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana, five in Nagaland, three each in Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry and Tripura, two in Manipur, and one each in Chandigarh and Ladakh.

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

Of the total of 114,031 deaths so far in India, Maharashtra accounts for the highest number at 41,965, followed by 10,586 in Tamil Nadu, 10,427 in Karnataka, 6,629 in Uttar Pradesh, 6,406 in Andhra Pradesh, 5,992 in West Bengal, 5,981 in national capital Delhi, 3,999 in Punjab, 3,626 in Gujarat, 2,753 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,735 in Rajasthan, 1,640 in Haryana, 1,439 in Chhattisgarh, 1,372 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,271 in Telangana, 1,139 in Kerala, 1,121 in Odisha, 990 in Bihar, 924 in Uttarakhand, 865 in Assam, 832 in Jharkhand, 574 in Puducherry, 538 in Goa, 329 in Tripura, 265 in Himachal Pradesh, 207 in Chandigarh, 111 in Manipur, 75 in Meghalaya, 66 in Ladakh, 59 in Sikkim, 56 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 30 in Arunachal Pradesh, 27 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 7,494,551 cases in India so far include the 114,031 patients who have died as well as the 6,597,209 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 783,311 as of this morning, down 11,776 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 72,614 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 88.02%, according to the data.


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