India reports 482 more COVID-19 deaths, 36,011 new cases of infection
Commuters without face masks being intercepted and penalised by the police amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Patna on December 5, 2020. IANS

India reports 482 more COVID-19 deaths, 36,011 new cases of infection

Death toll increases to 140,182; total cases cross 9.644 million; recoveries rise to 9.1 million; active cases fall to 403,248

New Delhi, December 6, 2020

India today reported 482 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 36,011 new cases of infection in the past 24 hours even as the Government continued efforts to contain a fresh surge of cases in some states.

With the latest numbers, the death toll has gone up to 140,182 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 9,644,222.

The number of deaths in a 24-hour period dropped below the 500-mark today after staying above that level for the previous four 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 28th consecutive day today.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 has increased to 9,100,792 as of this morning, up 41,970 from yesterday, making for a recovery rate of 94.36%.

The number of active cases decreased by 6,441 in the past 24 hours to 403,248.

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 512 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 36,652 new cases of infection yesterday.

The world has reported a total of more than 66.485 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,528,312 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 14.580 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 6.577 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (281,173) and Brazil (176,628).


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