COVID-19: India records 81K cases in a day, 469 deaths

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India witnessed a highest single-day increase in Coronavirus cases in six months on Friday, with 81,466 new infections in a 24-hour span, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 1,23,03,131, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry.

The single-day rise in cases is the highest recorded since 2 October 2020, while the death toll increased to 1,63,396 with 469 daily new fatalities, the highest since 6 December, the data showed.

The ata stated that the active cases have increased to 6,14,696 comprising 5 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 93.67 per cent.

In December last year, India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the one-crore mark.

A total of 163396 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 54898 from Maharashtra, 12738 from Tamil Nadu, 12585 from Karnataka, 11036 from Delhi, 10331 from West Bengal, 8,820 from Uttar Pradesh and 7220 from Andhra Pradesh and 6926 from Punjab.

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. (PTI)

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