India reports 1,053 more COVID-19 deaths, 75,083 new cases of infection
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India reports 1,053 more COVID-19 deaths, 75,083 new cases of infection

Numbers are significantly lower than the trend in recent days

New Delhi, September 22, 2020

India today reported 1,053 more deaths due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 75,083 fresh cases of infection in the past 24 hours, significantly lower than the trend witnessed in recent days.

With these, the total number of cases in the country so far has risen past the 5.5-million mark to 5,562,662 while the death toll has climbed to 88,935.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 registered a sharp spike, going up by 101,468 -- the highest in a single day so far -- to 4,497,867 as of this morning.

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 number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country also dipped to below the one-million mark and stood at 975,861 this morning, down 27,438 from yesterday.

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 1,130 deaths yesterday. The number of deaths in a single day has dropped below 1,100 after six days.

The highest number of fresh cases of infection in a 24-hour period -- 97,894 -- was reported on September 17. The country had recorded 86,961 new cases yesterday. The number of fresh cases has fallen below 80,000 after 13 days.

The country has reported more than 1,200 deaths in a 24-hour period four times in the past 12 days. It has registered more than 1,100 deaths on 13 of the last 15 days and a thousand-plus deaths for 21 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 17days and more than 80,000 cases for 18 of the last 20 days. It has reported more than 75,000 cases on 26 of the last 27 days, more than 60,000 cases on 41 of the last 42 days and more than 50,000 new cases for the 54th consecutive day today.

The world has reported a total of more than 31.245 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll stood at 963,693 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 6.856 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 4.558 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (199,865) and Brazil (137,272).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, showed that the 1,053 new deaths reported in India included 344 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country, and 122 in Karnataka.

They were followed by 88 in Uttar Pradesh, 62 in West Bengal, 60 in Tamil Nadu, 51 in Andhra Pradesh, 47 in Punjab, 37 in Madhya Pradesh, 32 in Delhi, 28 in Haryana, 23 in Jammu & Kashmir, 18 in Kerala, 17 in Gujarat, 16 each in Assam and Rajasthan, 13 in Chhattisgarh, ten each in Telangana and Uttarakhand, nine each in Goa, Jharkhand and Odisha, seven in Himachal Pradesh, six each in Bihar and Tripura, five in Puducherry, three in Chandigarh, two in Manipur and one each in Ladakh Meghalaya and Sikkim.

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

Of the total of 88,935 deaths in India so far, Maharashtra accounts for the highest at 33,015, followed by 8,871 in Tamil Nadu, 8,145 in Karnataka, 5,410 in Andhra Pradesh, 5,135 in Uttar Pradesh, 5,014 in national capital Delhi, 4,421 in West Bengal, 3,336 in Gujarat, 2,860 in Punjab, 2,007 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,352 in Rajasthan, 1,177 in Haryana, 1,052 in Telangana, 1,024 in Jammu and Kashmir, 870 in Bihar, 710 in Odisha, 690 in Chhattisgarh, 626 in Jharkhand, 578 in Assam, 553 in Kerala, 501 in Uttarakhand, 467 in Puducherry, 360 in Goa, 251 in Tripura, 127 in Himachal Pradesh, 126 in Chandigarh, 59 in Manipur, 52 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 50 in Ladakh, 37 in Meghalaya, 29 in Sikkim, 15 in Nagaland, 13 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 5,562,663 cases in India so far include the 88,935 patients who have died as well as the 4,497,867 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 975,861 as of this morning, down 27,438 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by a record 101,468 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 80.85%, according to the data.

Of the 75,083 new cases of infection reported today, Maharashtra accounted for 15,738, followed by 7,339 in Karnataka, 6,235 in Andhra Pradesh, 5,344 in Tamil Nadu, 4,618 in Uttar Pradesh, 4,242 in Odisha and 3,165 in West Bengal. Other states have reported less than 3,000 cases each in the past 24 hours.


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