India reports 547 more COVID-19 deaths, 44,879 new cases of infection
Police making announcements warning people against burning of firecrackers after the Calcutta High Court banned the use and sale of firecrackers during Kali Puja and Diwali, keeping in mind the Covid-19 pandemic situation in West Bengal, in Kolkata on November 12, 2020. IANS

India reports 547 more COVID-19 deaths, 44,879 new cases of infection

Death toll rises to 128,668, total cases cross 8.728 million; recoveries go past 8.115 million; active cases drop to 484,547

New Delhi, November 13, 2020

India today reported 547 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 44,879 new cases of infection during the past 24 hours.

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 8,728,795 and the death toll has climbed to 128,668.

The number of deaths in a 24-hour period stayed above the 500-mark for the third consecutive day today after staying below that number for the previous two days. Before that, the number had stayed above 500 for five days.

The number had fallen below 500 on October 26 for the first time after more than three months.

The number of new cases of infection in a day stayed below 50,000 for the sixth consecutive day today.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 continued to increase and stood at 8,115,580 as of this morning, up 49,079 from yesterday. With this, the recovery rate has risen to 92.97%.

In another positive development, the number of active cases has dropped further to 484,547, down 4,747 from yesterday.

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 550 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 47,905 new cases of infection yesterday.

The world has reported a total of more than 52.678 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,292,228 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 10.503 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 5.781 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (242,022) and Brazil (164,281).

NNN

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