India reports 490 more COVID-19 deaths, 45,903 new cases of infection
Health workers collecting swab samples for COVID-19 rapid testing at a locality, in Kolkata on November 7, 2020. IANS

India reports 490 more COVID-19 deaths, 45,903 new cases of infection

Death toll surges to 126,611; total cases cross 8.553 million; recoveries go past 7.917 million; active cases drop to 509,673

New Delhi, November 9, 2020

India today recorded 490 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 45,903 fresh cases of infection even as the spread of the deadly virus continued to maintain a declining trend in most parts of the country.

With these, the total number of cases of infection in the country so far, since the first case was reported in late January, has risen to 8,553,657 and the death toll has climbed to 126,611.

The number of deaths in a 24-hour period has fallen below 500 again after staying above that mark for the previous five days. The number had fallen below 500 on October 26 for the first time after more than three months.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 continued to increase and stood at 7,917,373 as of this morning, up 48,405 from yesterday. The recovery rate has risen to 92.56%.

The number of active cases has gone down further by 2,992 since yesterday and stood at 509,673 this morning.

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 559 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 45,674 new cases of infection yesterday.

The world has reported a total of more than 50.327 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,255,490 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 9.962 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 5.664 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (237,567) and Brazil (162,397).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare showed that the 490 new deaths reported in India today included 125 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state.

It was followed by 77 deaths in national capital Delhi, 59 in West Bengal, 26 in Uttar Pradesh, 24 in Kerala, 22 in Karnataka, 20 in Tamil Nadu, 15 each in Haryana and Odisha, 13 in Chhattisgarh, 12 in Andhra Pradesh, 11 in Madhya Pradesh, 10 in Rajasthan, eight each in Bihar and Punjab, seven in Gujarat, six in Himachal Pradesh, five in Jammu & Kashmir, four each in Ladakh and Telangana, three each in Assam and Manipur, two each in Chandigarh, Goa, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand, and one each in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Puducherry.

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

Of the total of 126,611 deaths so far in India, Maharashtra accounted for the highest number at 45,240, followed by 11,391 in Karnataka, 11,344 in Tamil Nadu, 7,294 in West Bengal, 7,206 in Uttar Pradesh, 6,989 in national capital Delhi, 6,791 in Andhra Pradesh, 4,318 in Punjab, 3,760 in Gujarat, 3,028 in Madhya Pradesh, 2,447 in Chhattisgarh, 1,989 in Rajasthan, 1,912 in Haryana, 1,692 in Kerala, 1,533 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,425 in Odisha, 1,381 in Telangana, 1,144 in Bihar, 1,065 in Uttarakhand, 943 in Assam, 897 in Jharkhand, 643 in Goa, 601 in Puducherry, 377 in Himachal Pradesh, 359 in Tripura, 234 in Chandigarh, 197 in Manipur, 93 in Meghalaya, 84 in Ladakh, 78 in Sikkim, 60 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 46 each in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, and two each in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu and Mizoram.

Lakshadweep Islands have not reported any cases of infection until now.

NNN

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