India records decline in new Covid cases, tally over 74L

Henrietta Brewer
October 18, 2020

The tally of active cases on Saturday slightly rose to 22,884 from 22,814 the previous day.

The death toll climbed to 1,12,998 with the virus claiming 837 lives in a day.

The Union Health Ministry on Saturday said that India has reached an "unprecedented peak" as active cases in the country drop below 8 lakh for the first time in 1.5 months.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August and 40 lakh on 5 September.

The total recoveries have surged to 65,24,595 and exceed active infections by 57,29,508. The recovery rate stood at 87.78% and the mortality rate was 1.52%. India is also reporting a high number of recoveries, the ministry informed. "These have in tandem resulted in consistent slide in the active cases", the ministry highlighted.

"India is the only country with the highest recoveries and continues to have one of the lowest fatality rates globally".

The Centre will send a high-level team of health experts to five states including Kerala where COVID-19 transmission is breaking records, in order to guide them regarding controlling the pandemic. "At the current figure of 1.52 per cent, it is the lowest since March 22", it highlighted.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 15,76,062 cases, including 41,502 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Thirteen states and Union Territories, including Puducherry (403), Maharashtra (335), Goa (331), Delhi (317), Karnataka (152), Tamil Nadu (135) and Punjab (131), had deaths per million population more than the national average.

Collaborative efforts of the Centre, states and Union Territories have resulted in the strengthening of health facilities across the country.

Maharashtra has reported the maximum single day deaths (306 deaths). Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are the other states where the Centre would send their expert team.

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