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Coronavirus India update: Total cases over 50 lakh; recovery rate rises to nearly 79%

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 50,20,359, while the death toll climbed to 82,066 with a record 1,290 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Total coronavirus cases in India galloped past 50 lakh, just 11 days after it crossed 40 lakh with 90,123 infections being reported in a day. With 39,42,360 recoveries on September 16, the recovery rate in India also went up to 78.53 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 50,20,359, while the death toll climbed to  82,066 with a record 1,290 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

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India''s COVID-19 cases jumped from 10 lakh to 20 lakh in 21 days. Then it took 16 more days to race past 30 lakh, 13 days more to cross the 40-lakh mark and 11 days to go past 50 lakh.

It took 110 days for the COVID-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh while it had taken 59 days more to go past the 10-lakh post.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection further dropped at 1.63 percent.

There are 9,95,933  active cases of COVID-19 in the country which comprises 19.84 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 5,94,29,115 samples have been tested up to September 15 with 11,16,842 samples being tested on Tuesday.

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First Published on Sep 16, 2020 11:30 am
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