India reports 517 more COVID-19 deaths, 49,881 new cases of infection
Different varieties of face masks in various designs, colours, prints and fabric on sale at Khadi India amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in New Delhi on October 28, 2020.IANS

India reports 517 more COVID-19 deaths, 49,881 new cases of infection

Total cases cross 8 million; death toll rises to 120,527; recoveries go past 7.315 million; active cases fall to 603,687

New Delhi, October 29, 2020

India today reported 517 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 49,881 new cases of infection even as the spread of the virus appeared 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 crossed the 8 million mark at 8,040,203 while the death toll has surged to 120,527.

This is the second consecutive day that the number of deaths in the country has stayed above the 500-mark after they had fallen below 500 on the two previous days after more than three months.

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

This is the fifth time in nine 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 7,315,989 as of this morning, which means the recovery rate has risen to 90.99%.

The number of active cases has gone down further by 7,116 since yesterday to 603,687 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 508 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 43,893 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 26th consecutive day and the 28th time in 29 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 48 days. It has registered a thousand-plus deaths on 32 of the last 58 days.

India has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for 12 of the last 54 days and more than 80,000 cases for 27 of the last 66 days. It has reported more than 60,000 cases on 66 of the last 79 days and more than 50,000 new cases for 86 of the last 91 days.

The world has reported a total of more than 44.481 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,174,007 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 8.856 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 5.468 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (227,685) and Brazil (158,456).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare showed that the 517 new deaths reported in India today included 91 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state.

It was followed by 60 deaths in West Bengal, 55 each in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka, 40 in Delhi, 35 in Tamil Nadu, 27 in Kerala, 20 in Punjab, 18 each in Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, 15 in Madhya Pradesh, 12 in Odisha, ten in Rajasthan, eight in Haryana, seven in Goa, six each in Gujarat and Manipur, five in Telangana, four each in Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand, three each in Assam and Meghalaya, two each in Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry and Uttarakhand, and one each in Chandigarh, Ladakh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.

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

Of the total of 120,527 deaths so far in India, Maharashtra accounted for the highest number at 43,554, followed by 11,046 in Karnataka, 11,018 in Tamil Nadu, 6,958 in Uttar Pradesh, 6,664 in West Bengal, 6,643 in Andhra Pradesh, 6,396 in national capital Delhi, 4,158 in Punjab, 3,701 in Gujarat, 2,913 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,936 in Chhattisgarh, 1,877 in Rajasthan, 1,758 in Haryana, 1,455 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,403 in Kerala, 1,324 in Telangana, 1,284 in Odisha, 1,069 in Bihar, 1,009 in Uttarakhand, 917 in Assam, 880 in Jharkhand, 590 in Puducherry, 592 in Goa, 345 in Tripura, 300 in Himachal Pradesh, 224 in Chandigarh, 156 in Manipur, 85 in Meghalaya, 74 in Ladakh, 67 in Sikkim, 58 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 36 in Arunachal Pradesh, 34 in Nagaland, 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 8,040,203 cases in India so far include the 120,527 patients who have died as well as the 7,315,989 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 603,687 as of this morning, down 7,116 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 56,480 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 90.99%, according to the data.


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