India reports 496 more COVID-19 deaths, 45,231 new cases of infection
Police personnel intercepting commuters without masks and penalising them amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Chennai on October 8, 2020. IANS

India reports 496 more COVID-19 deaths, 45,231 new cases of infection

Death toll rises to 122,607; total cases cross 8.229 million; recoveries go past 7.544 million; active cases drop to 561,908

New Delhi, November 2, 2020

India today reported 496 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 45,231 new cases of infection as the spread of the virus continued to show 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 8,229,313 and the death toll has climbed to 122,607.

The number of deaths in a 24-hour period stayed below 500 for the second day running after crossing the 500-mark in the previous four days. It had fallen below 500 on October 26 for the first time after more than three months.

Today is the 11th time in 15 days that the number of daily deaths has remained below 600.

This is the eighth consecutive day and the ninth time in 13 days that number of new cases of COVID-19 has stayed below 50,000. On October 20, it had fallen below 50,000 for the first time in 82 days at 46,790.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 continued to increase and stood at 7,544,798 as of this morning, which means the recovery rate has risen to 91.68%.

The number of active cases has gone down further by 8.550 since yesterday and stood at 561,908 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 470 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 46,963 new cases of infection yesterday.

On October 13, the number of new cases in a single day had fallen below 60,000 for the first time in more than two months.

Today is the 30th consecutive day and the 32nd time in 33 days that the country 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 52 days. It has registered a thousand-plus deaths on 32 of the last 62 days.

India has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for 12 of the last 58 days and more than 80,000 cases for 27 of the last 70 days. It has reported more than 60,000 cases on 66 of the last 83 days and more than 50,000 new cases for 86 of the last 95 days.

The world has reported a total of more than 46.5 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,200,310 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 9.205 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 5.545 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (230,972) and Brazil (160,074).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare showed that the 496 new deaths reported in India today included 113 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state.

It was followed by 59 deaths in West Bengal, 51 in Delhi, 49 in Chhattisgarh, 30 in Tamil Nadu, 28 in Kerala, 26 in Uttar Pradesh, 24 in Karnataka, 16 in Andhra Pradesh, 11 each in Odisha and Punjab, ten in Rajasthan, nine in Himachal Pradesh, seven each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana, six in Haryana, five in Goa, four each in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand, three each in Manipur and Puducherry, two each in Meghalaya and Tripura and one each in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Assam, Jharkhand and Sikkim.

No new deaths were reported today from Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Ladakh, Mizoram and Nagaland.

Of the total of 122,607 deaths so far in India, Maharashtra accounted for the highest number at 44,024, followed by 11,192 in Karnataka, 11,152 in Tamil Nadu, 7,051 in Uttar Pradesh, 6,900 in West Bengal, 6,706 in Andhra Pradesh, 6,562 in national capital Delhi, 4,214 in Punjab, 3,721 in Gujarat, 2,958 in Madhya Pradesh, 2,150 in Chhattisgarh, 1,917 in Rajasthan, 1,795 in Haryana, 1,512 in Kerala, 1,482 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,348 in Telangana, 1,331 in Odisha, 1,097 in Bihar, 1,027 in Uttarakhand, 931 in Assam, 885 in Jharkhand, 609 in Goa, 595 in Puducherry, 348 in Tripura, 326 in Himachal Pradesh, 226 in Chandigarh, 171 in Manipur, 90 in Meghalaya, 75 in Ladakh, 73 in Sikkim, 60 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 39 in Nagaland, 37 in Arunachal Pradesh, two in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu and one in Mizoram.

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

The total of 8,229,313 cases in India so far include the 122,607 patients who have died as well as the 7,544,798 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 561,908 as of this morning, down 8,550 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 53,285 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 91.68%, according to the data.

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