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Last Updated : Oct 17, 2020 10:22 AM IST | Source: PTI

India's COVID-19 infection tally crosses 74 lakh with 62,212 new cases

The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,12,998 with the virus claiming 837 lives in a day, while the infection tally mounted to74,32,680 with 62,212 new cases being reported, the data updated at 8 am showed.

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India's COVID-19 caseload went past 74 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed65 lakh pushing the recovery rate to 87.78 percent, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday.

The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,12,998 with the virus claiming 837 lives in a day, while the infection tally mounted to74,32,680 with 62,212 new cases being reported, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The active cases of coronavirus infection dropped below eight lakh for the first time in one-and-half months, the ministry said.

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

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There are 7,95,087 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 10.70 percent of the total caseload, while the recoveries have surged to 65,24,595, according to the data.

The COVID-19casefatality rate due COVID-19 was recorded at 1.52 percent.

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 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 9,32,54,017 samples have been tested up to October 16 with 9,99,090 samples being tested on Friday.
First Published on Oct 17, 2020 10:17 am
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