India reports new high of 1,290 COVID deaths as total cases of infection cross 5-million mark
A health worker collecting swab samples for COVID-19 testing, outside New Gardiner Road Hospital in Patna on Septembber 15, 2020. IANS

India reports new high of 1,290 COVID deaths as total cases of infection cross 5-million mark

Death toll rises to 82,066, the number of recoveries goes up to 3,942,360

New Delhi, September 16, 2020

India today reported a new high of 1,290 deaths due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 90,123 fresh cases of infection as the deadly virus continued to spread and claim lives in different parts of the country.

With these, the death toll in the country has crossed the 82,000-mark to touch 82,066 while the total number of persons infected by the virus so far has crossed the 5-million mark to reach 5,020,359 as of this morning.

The previous high in terms of the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in a single day in the country -- 1,209 -- was recorded on September 11. The country had reported 1,054 deaths yesterday.

The highest number of fresh cases of infection in a 24-hour period in the country -- 97,570 -- was reported on September 12. The country had registered 83,809 new cases yesterday.

This is the third time in six days that the country has reported more than 1,200 COVID deaths in a 24-hour period. It has reported more than 1,100 deaths on eight of the last nine days, and a thousand-plus deaths for 15 consecutive days now.

India has also been reporting more new cases of infection than any other country for the past several days.

It has reported more than 90,000 new cases in a 24-hour period for eight of the last 11 days and more than 80,000 cases for 13 of the last 14 days. It has reported more than 75,000 cases on 20 of the last 21 days, more than 60,000 cases on 35 of the last 36 days and more than 50,000 new cases for the 48th consecutive day today.

On the positive side, the number of patients who have recovered rose to 3,942,360 as of this morning.

The world has reported a total of more than 29.479 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll stood at 933,542 this morning.

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 6.604 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 4.382 million cases).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (195,765) and Brazil (133,119).

Figures released this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, showed that the 1,290 new deaths reported in India included as many as 515 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country. The number is the highest in a day for any state in India.

It was followed by 113 in Uttar Pradesh, 97 in Karnataka, 90 in Punjab, 69 in Andhra Pradesh, 68 in Tamil Nadu, 59 in West Bengal, 36 in Delhi, 29 in Madhya Pradesh, 26 in Haryana, 19 in Jammu & Kashmir, 17 in Gujarat, 16 in Chhattisgarh, 14 in Rajasthan, 12 each in Kerala and Telangana, 11 each in Goa and Puducherry, 10 each in Assam, Jharkhand and Tripura, nine in Uttarakhand, eight each in Himachal Pradesh and Odisha, five each in BIhar and Nagaland, three each in Ladakh and Sikkim, two in Arunachal Pradesh, and one each in Chandigarh, Manipur and Meghalaya.

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

Of the total of 82,066 deaths in India so far, Maharashtra accounts for the highest at 30,409, followed by 8,502 in Tamil Nadu, 7,481 in Karnataka, 5,041 in Andhra Pradesh, 4,806 in national capital Delhi, 4,604 in Uttar Pradesh, 4,062 in West Bengal, 3,244 in Gujarat, 2,514 in Punjab, 1,820 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,264 in Rajasthan, 1,026 in Haryana, 996 in Telangana, 914 in Jammu and Kashmir, 836 in Bihar, 645 in Odisha, 589 in Chhattisgarh, 571 in Jharkhand, 492 in Assam, 466 in Kerala, 438 in Uttarakhand, 405 in Puducherry, 315 in Goa, 217 in Tripura, 99 in Chandigarh, 90 in Himachal Pradesh, 52 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 47 in Manipur, 44 in Ladakh, 28 in Meghalaya, 19 in Sikkim, 15 in Nagaland, 13 in Arunachal Pradesh, 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 5,020,359 cases in India so far include the 82,066 patients who have died as well as the 3,942,360 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 995,933 as of this morning, up 5,872 from yesterday.

The number of patients who have recovered has increased by 82,961 since yesterday and the recovery rate stood at 78.52%, according to the data.


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