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COVID-19: 67,708 New Cases Take India's Coronavirus Tally To 73,07,097

The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.52 percent. There are 8,12,390 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 11.11 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.

Oct 15, 2020 / 11:53 AM IST
Health workers write notes after takeing nasal swab samples at a COVID-19 testing center in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. India's confirmed coronavirus toll crossed 7 million on Sunday with a number of new cases dipping in recent weeks, even as health experts warn of mask and distancing fatigue setting in. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Health workers write notes after takeing nasal swab samples at a COVID-19 testing center in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. India's confirmed coronavirus toll crossed 7 million on Sunday with a number of new cases dipping in recent weeks, even as health experts warn of mask and distancing fatigue setting in. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)


India's COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 73.07 lakh with 67,708 new cases in a day, while 63,83,441 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 87.35 percent on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 73,07,097 and the death toll climbed to 1,11,266 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 680 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed.





The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.52 percent.


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There are 8,12,390 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 11.11 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,12,26,305 samples have been tested up to October 14 with 11,36,183 samples being tested on Wednesday.

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first published: Oct 15, 2020 11:53 am

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