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COVID-19 cases in India breach 85-lakh mark

India’s COVID-19 caseload went past 85 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 78,68,968 pushing the national recovery rate to 92.49 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 85,07,754 with 45,674 infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,26,121 with 559 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The case fatality rate stands at 1.48 per cent.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 remained below 6 lakh for the tenth consecutive day. There are 5,12,665 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprises 6.03 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5 . It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29.

Acording to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 11,77,36,791 samples have been tested up to November 7 with 11,94,487 samples being tested on Saturday.

The 559 new fatalities include 150 from Maharashtra, 79 from Delhi, 58 from West Bengal, 28 from Kerala, 25 each from Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and 22 each from Chhattisgarh and Karnataka.

A total of 1,26,121 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 45,115 from Maharashtra followed by 11,369 from Karnataka, 11,324 from Tamil Nadu, 7,235 from West Bengal, 7,180 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,912 from Delhi, 6,779 from Andhra Pradesh, 4,310 from Punjab and 3,753 from Gujarat.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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