73,272 Covid Infections, 926 Deaths In A Day; Over 69.7 Lakh Cases So Far

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73,272 Covid Infections, 926 Deaths In A Day; Over 69.7 Lakh Cases So Far

India is the second worst-hit country by coronavirus, second only to US which has more than 75 lakh cases

New Delhi:

India's COVID-19 tally inched closer to the 70-lakh mark as the country reported 73,272 new cases of coronavirus and 926 deaths in the last 24 hours, shows the Health Ministry data released this morning. A total of 82,753 people also successfully fought off the viral disease and were discharged in this period.

According to the government figures, total coronavirus cases in India now stand at 69,79,424 including 8,83,185 active cases, 59,88,823 recovered or discharged patients and 1,07,416 deaths.

India's recovery rate increased marginally to 85.8 per cent, death rate stood steady at 1.5 per cent and daily positivity rate increased marginally to 6.3 per cent as more than 11.6 lakh tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

As per the government's "test, track and treat" policy more than 8.5 crore tests have been conducted in India till now, the Health Ministry tweeted.

Health minister Harsh Vardhan has said India's rising recovery rate and progressively falling active cases have proven the success of the Centre-led COVID-19 containment strategy.

The number of active cases in the country now account for 12.6 per cent of its tally.

Yesterday was the first time since September 9, when the number of active cases dropped to under 9 lakh. "This decline has been possible due to decrease in number of active cases in 20 states and Union Territories over the last month," the Health Ministry has tweeted.

India added record Covid cases in the month of September. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 40-lakh mark on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16 and crossed 60 lakh on September 28.

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