India reports 1,130 more COVID-19 deaths, 86,961 new cases of infection
A health worker collecting swab samples for COVID-19 testing, outside New Gardiner Road Hospital in Patna on September 19, 2020.IANS

India reports 1,130 more COVID-19 deaths, 86,961 new cases of infection

New Delhi, September 21, 2020

India today reported 1,130 more deaths due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 86,961 fresh cases of infection in the past 24 hours as the deadly virus continued to spread and cause concern in different parts of the country.

With these, the total number of cases in the country so far has risen to 5,487,580 while the death toll has climbed to 87,882.

Meanwhile, on the positive side, the number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 rose to 4,396,399 as of this morning.

India is now the top country in terms of COVID-19 recoveries, overtaking the USA. India now accounts for close to 19% of the total global recoveries.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country stood at 1,003,299 this morning, down 7,525 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 reported 1,133 deaths yesterday.

The highest number of fresh cases of infection in a 24-hour period -- 97,894 -- was reported on September 17. The country recorded 92,605 new cases yesterday.

The country has reported more than 1,200 deaths in a 24-hour period four times in the past 11 days. It has registered more than 1,100 deaths on 13 of the last 14 days and a thousand-plus deaths for 20 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 16 days and more than 80,000 cases for 18 of the last 19 days. It has reported more than 75,000 cases on 25 of the last 26 days, more than 60,000 cases on 40 of the last 41 days and more than 50,000 new cases for the 53rd consecutive day today.

The world has reported a total of more than 30.929 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll stood at 959,528 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 6.799 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 4.544 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (199,474) and Brazil (136,895).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, showed that the 1,130 new deaths reported in India included as many as 455 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country, and 101 in Karnataka.

They were followed by 94 in Uttar Pradesh, 61 in West Bengal, 60 in Tamil Nadu, 57 in Andhra Pradesh, 56 in Punjab, 37 in Delhi, 29 in Haryana, 27 in Madhya Pradesh, 17 in Gujarat, 16 in Kerala, 14 each in Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Rajasthan, 13 each in Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand, ten in Odisha, nine each in Goa and Telangana, six in Tripura, four each in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, three each in Bihar and Sikkim, and two each in Jharkhand and Manipur.

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

Of the total of 87,882 deaths in India so far, Maharashtra accounts for the highest at 32,671, followed by 8,811 in Tamil Nadu, 8,023 in Karnataka, 5,359 in Andhra Pradesh, 5,047 in Uttar Pradesh, 4,982 in national capital Delhi, 4,359 in West Bengal, 3,319 in Gujarat, 2,813 in Punjab, 1,970 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,336 in Rajasthan, 1,149 in Haryana, 1,042 in Telangana, 1,001 in Jammu and Kashmir, 864 in Bihar, 701 in Odisha, 677 in Chhattisgarh, 617 in Jharkhand, 562 in Assam, 535 in Kerala, 491 in Uttarakhand, 462 in Puducherry, 351 in Goa, 245 in Tripura, 123 in Chandigarh, 120 in Himachal Pradesh, 57 in Manipur, 52 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 49 in Ladakh, 36 in Meghalaya, 28 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 5,487,580 cases in India so far include the 87,882 patients who have died as well as the 4,396,399 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 1,003,299 as of this morning, down 7,525 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 93,356 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 80.11%, according to the data.

Of the 86,961 new cases of infection reported today, Maharashtra accounted for 20,627, followed by 8,191 in Karnataka, 7,738 in Andhra Pradesh, 5,758 in Uttar Pradesh, 5,516 in Tamil Nadu, 4,716 in Kerala, 4,330 in Odisha, 3,812 in Delhi, and 3,177 in West Bengal.


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