India  reports 508 more COVID-19 deaths, 43,893 new cases of infection
Volunteers conducting an awareness campaign on COVID-19 and pollution launched by the New Delhi District Magistrate, urging people to wear masks and save themselves from both the coronavirus and air pollution, at Rajiv Chowk in New Delhi on October 26, 2020. IANS

India reports 508 more COVID-19 deaths, 43,893 new cases of infection

Death toll rises to 120,010; total cases cross 7.99 million; recoveries go past 7.259 million; active cases fall to 610,803

New Delhi, October 28, 2020

India today reported 508 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 43,893 fresh cases of infection as the spread of the virus maintained a declining trend in most parts of the country.

With these, the death toll so far due to the disease has increased to 120,010 and the total number of cases of infection has climbed to 7,990,322 since the first case was reported in the country in late January.

The number of deaths in the past 24 hours is slightly higher than the numbers of the previous two days, when they were below 500 after more than three months during which the daily deaths had crossed 1,200 on some days and 1,000 on several days.

Today is the sixth time in ten days that the number of daily deaths has remained below 600.

This is the fourth time in eight days that number of new cases of COVID-19 has dropped 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 7,259,509 as of this morning, which means the recovery rate has risen to 90.85%.

The number of active cases has gone down further by 15,054 since yesterday to 610,803 today.

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 488 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 36,470 new cases of infection yesterday --the lowest in more than three months.

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 25th consecutive day and the 27th time in 28 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 47 days. It has registered a thousand-plus deaths on 32 of the last 57 days.

India has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for 12 of the last 53 days and more than 80,000 cases for 27 of the last 65 days. It has reported more than 60,000 cases on 66 of the last 78 days and more than 50,000 new cases for 86 of the last 90 days.

The world has reported a total of more than 43.906 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,166,193 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 8.777 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 5.439 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (226,673) and Brazil (157,946).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare showed that the 508 new deaths reported in India today included 115 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state.

It was was followed by 58 deaths in West Bengal, 44 each in Delhi and Karnataka, 36 in Uttar Pradesh, 27 in Tamil Nadu, 24 in Kerala, 20 in Chhattisgarh, 19 in Andhra Pradesh, 14 in Rajasthan, 13 each in Haryana, Odisha and Punjab, eight in Madhya Pradesh, seven each in Bihar and Jammu & Kashmir, six each in Assam, Manipur and Uttarakhand, five each in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, four each in Jharkhand and Telangana, three in Goa, two each in Ladakh and Sikkim, and one each in Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Meghalaya.

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

Of the total of 120,010 deaths so far in India, Maharashtra accounted for the highest number at 43,463, followed by 10,991 in Karnataka, 10,983 in Tamil Nadu, 6,940 in Uttar Pradesh, 6,625 in Andhra Pradesh, 6,604 in West Bengal, 6,356 in national capital Delhi, 4,138 in Punjab, 3,695 in Gujarat, 2,898 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,881 in Chhattisgarh, 1,867 in Rajasthan, 1,750 in Haryana, 1,451 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,376 in Kerala, 1,319 in Telangana, 1,272 in Odisha, 1,065 in Bihar, 1,007 in Uttarakhand, 914 in Assam, 876 in Jharkhand, 588 in Puducherry, 585 in Goa, 344 in Tripura, 298 in Himachal Pradesh, 223 in Chandigarh, 150 in Manipur, 82 in Meghalaya, 73 in Ladakh, 67 in Sikkim, 58 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 36 in Arunachal Pradesh, 33 in Nagaland, 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 7,990,322 cases in India so far include the 120,010 patients who have died as well as the 7,259,509 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 610,803 as of this morning, down 15,054 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 58,439 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 90.85%, according to the data.

NNN

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