The Mall Road in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, a popular strolling area for tourists, now lying deserted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mall Road in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, a popular strolling area for tourists, now lying deserted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Vishal Gulati/IANS

India reports 926 more COVID-19 deaths, 73,272 new cases of infection

Death toll rises to 107,416; total cases cross 6.979 million; active cases fall to 883,185

New Delhi, October 10, 2020

India today reported 926 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 73,272 new cases of infection as the spread of the deadly virus continued to cause concern in several parts of the country.

With these, the death toll so far due to the disease has increased to 107,416 and the total number of cases of infection has risen to 6,979,423 since the first case was reported in the country in late January this year.

Also, the number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 continued to increase and stood at 5,988,822 as of this morning.

The number of active cases has gone down further by 10,407 since yesterday to 883,185.

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 964 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 70,496 new cases yesterday.

This is the sixth consecutive day and the eighth time in 12 days that the country has reported less than 1,000 deaths in a single day. It is also the seventh consecutive day and the ninth time in 12 days that it 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 30 days. It has registered a thousand-plus deaths for 31 of the last 40 days.

India, which has been recording more fresh cases of infection than any other country for the past several days, has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for 12 of the last 35 days and more than 80,000 cases for 27 of the last 38 days. It has reported more than 75,000 cases on 38 of the last 45 days, more than 60,000 cases on 59 of the last 60 days and more than 50,000 new cases for the 72nd consecutive day today.

The world has reported a total of more than 36.802 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has increased to 1,067,101 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 7.663 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 5.055 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (213,739) and Brazil (149,639).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare showed that the 926 new deaths reported in India today included 302 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, and 114 in Karnataka.

They were followed by 68 deaths in Tamil Nadu, 62 in West Bengal, 48 in Uttar Pradesh, 39 in Delhi, 38 in Chhattisgarh, 32 in Punjab, 31 in Andhra Pradesh, 27 in Madhya Pradesh, 25 in Kerala, 17 in Odisha, 16 in Rajasthan, 15 in Jammu & Kashmir, 14 each in Haryana and Uttarakhand, nine each in Gujarat and Telangana, eight in Assam, seven each in Goa and Himachal Pradesh, six in Jharkhand, five in Bihar, three in Manipur, two each in Chandigarh, Puducherry, Sikkim and Tripura, and one each in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

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

Of the total of 107,416 deaths so far in India, Maharashtra accounts for the highest number at 39,732, followed by 10,120 in Tamil Nadu, 9,789 in Karnataka, 6,293 in Uttar Pradesh, 6,159 in Andhra Pradesh, 5,692 in national capital Delhi, 5,501 in West Bengal, 3,773 in Punjab, 3,547 in Gujarat, 2,574 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,621 in Rajasthan, 1,562 in Haryana, 1,306 in Jammu & Kashmir, 1,217 in Telangana, 1,196 in Chhattisgarh, 991 in Odisha, 955 in Kerala, 934 in Bihar, 802 in Assam 781 in Jharkhand, 716 in Uttarakhand, 558 in Puducherry, 491 in Goa, 313 in Tripura, 245 in Himachal Pradesh, 188 in Chandigarh, 86 in Manipur, 63 in Ladakh, 61 in Meghalaya, 55 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 53 in Sikkim, 23 in Arunachal Pradesh, 17 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 6,979,423 cases in India so far include the 107,416 patients who have died as well as the 5,988,822 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 883,185 as of this morning, down 10,407 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 82,753 since yesterday and the recovery rate has risen to 85.8%, according to the data.

Of the total of 73,272 new cases of infection reported in the country today, Maharashtra accounted for 12,134, followed by 10,913 in Karnataka, 9,250 in Kerala, 5,185 in Tamil Nadu, 5,145 in Andhra Pradesh, 3,573 in West Bengal, and 3,207 in Uttar Pradesh.

Other states have reported less than 3,000 new cases each in the past 24 hours.

As far as total number of cases so far is concerned, Maharashtra tops the list with 1,506,018, followed by 744,864 in Andhra Pradesh, 690,269 in Karnataka, 646,128 in Tamil Nadu, 430,666 in Uttar Pradesh, 303,693 in Delhi, 287,603 in West Bengal, 268,100 in Kerala, 246,839 in Odisha, and 210,346 in Telangana -- the ten most affected states.


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