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

Henrietta Strickland
October 18, 2020

For nine days in a row the active cases remained below nine lakh.

The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,12,998 with the virus claiming 837 lives in a day, while the infection tally mounted to 74,32,680 with 62,212 new cases being reported, the data updated at 8 am showed.

On Saturday, the Health Ministry data said 65,24,595 have been discharged, 7,95,087 are now active while 1,12,998 lost the battle against the pandemic. The active caseload was below the 8 lakh mark (7,85,996) last on September 1, it said.

The government data showed 65,24,595 have been discharged, 7,95,087 are now active while 1,12,998 lost the battle against the pandemic. The recovery rate stood at 87.78% and the mortality rate was 1.52%.

Enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre's standard treatment protocol by states and union territories, and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries with commensurate dip in the fatality rate, the ministry underscored.

Tamil Nadu has 41,872 active cases, with 6,22,458 recoveries, alongside 10,472 fatalities. "The very high testing has resulted in the continuous falling positivity rate".

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. Today it stands at 1.52 per cent.

Of the 895 fatalities reported in 24 hours, almost 82% are concentrated in 10 states and UTs of Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha and Delhi, the ministry said.

India's tally on Sunday rose to 74,94,551 with 61,871 new cases in 24 hours.

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.

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