India's Covid Tally Crosses 66.85 Lakh; 61,267 New Cases, 884 Deaths In 24 Hours

COVID-19 India updates: 61,267 fresh coronavirus cases in India, total cases at 66.85 lakh; 884 deaths in 24 hours, total deaths 1,03,569

India's Covid Tally Crosses 66.85 Lakh; 61,267 New Cases, 884 Deaths In 24 Hours

Coronavirus Cases in India: More than 10.8 lakh coronavirus samples were tested in the last 24 hours

New Delhi: India reported a sharp drop in new COVID-19 cases recorded in the last 24 hours, with the Health Ministry data released this morning showing 61,267 fresh cases of coronavirus. With this, the total Covid cases in India have crossed 66.85 lakh with total deaths at 1,03,569, including 884 in 24 hours. The country had recorded 74,442 new Covid cases and 903 deaths a day earlier, government data shows. According to the Johns Hopkins University, which has been compiling COVID-19 data from all over the world, there has been a slight fall in India's 7-day-average of new cases confirmed each day.

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  1. India - the second worst Covid-hit country in the world - now has 9,19,023 active COVID-19 cases and more than 56.6 lakh recoveries with 75,787 more people having fought off the disease in the last 24 hours, Health Ministry data shows.

  2. The country has had less than 10 lakh active cases for the past 2 weeks now, the government has said. Its daily positivity rate has dipped to 5.6 per cent with an increase in testing.

  3. Some 10,89,403 samples were tested for COVID-19 on October 5, government data shows. A total of 8.1 crore samples have been tested in the country till now, the India's top medical research body ICMR said.

  4. For a few weeks now, India's fatality rate has hovered around the 1.5 per cent mark while its recovery rate, 84.7 per cent, has remained above 80 per cent for two weeks now.

  5. Maharashtra - one of the worst-hit state with 14.5 lakh cases - accounted for 17 per cent of the new daily cases, followed by Karnataka at 7,051 cases, and Tamil Nadu and Kerala with around 5,000 cases each. Andhra Pradesh, second worst-hit state in India, continued its downward trend of new cases with 4,256 new infections.

  6. Maximum deaths were reported from Maharashtra (263), followed by Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, all of which accounted for 44 per cent of all deaths.

  7. India reported at least 23 lakh fresh coronavirus cases or 40 per cent of the country's current COVID-19 tally in September alone, government data shows. September also saw one-third of the Covid-related deaths reported since the pandemic began.

  8. Around 30 per cent of Covid patients in ICUs are people below the age of 40, top doctors of Mumbai have said, adding there has been a 34 per cent rise in such cases in the last month alone. Hospitals also said young people who are getting coronavirus symptoms are largely self-medicating instead of visiting a doctor and getting tested, and are winding up in hospitals with complications.

  9. The top medical body in the US, which has the highest number of Covid cases in the world at 74.5 lakh, has said Sars-CoV-2 can be transmitted through the air to people who are more than 6 feet away from an infectious person. The CDC guidance raises new challenges for safely re-opening businesses and schools.

  10. Roughly 1 in 10 people may have been infected with the novel coronavirus, leaving the vast majority of the world's population vulnerable to the related COVID-19 disease, the World Health Organization said on Monday. It added that cases were surging in parts of southeast Asia, and that cases and deaths were on the rise in parts of Europe and the eastern Mediterranean region.