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Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

India reported over 15,000 COVID-19 new cases according to the official update, on January 13, 2021. Active cases fall by over 2,000 cases in a day. Recoveries above 1 crore with a recovery rate of 96.5 percent.

January 13, 2021 / 12:02 PM IST

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As many as 15,968 new cases of novel coronavirus were reported, with India’s total COVID-19 cases above 1.04 crore, as per the health ministry’s January 13, 2021 update. New cases below the 20,000 mark for the sixth day in a row.

India reported 202 new deaths and 17,817 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, the latest release show. Active cases drop to 2,14,507 with a fall of 2,051 cases on January 13.

Kerala reported the most (5,507 or 34 percent) new cases in the last 24 hours, followed by Maharashtra (2,936), Karnataka (751), West Bengal (751), and Chhattisgarh (729). These five states account for 67 percent of all the new cases reported in India.

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Maharashtra also reported the most (50 or 25 percent) new deaths, followed by Kerala (25), West Bengal (18),  Delhi (16), and Chhattisgarh (12). These five states account for 60 percent of all the new deaths reported across the country.

About 13 states and union territories--Andaman and Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman, and Diu, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim did not report any deaths today. 

India’s recovery rate is now 96.5 percent. Dadra Nagar Haveli/Daman & Diu record the highest (99.8 percent) recovery rate, while Kerala now reports the lowest (91.7 percent). In terms of cases, Kerala recorded 4,270 new recoveries, the most, followed by Maharashtra (3,282), Chhattisgarh (1,207), Karnataka (1,181), and West Bengal (879).


The total number of COVID-19 cases in India is now at 1,04,95,147 with 1,01,29,111 recoveries and 1,51,529 deaths as per January 13, update. The mortality rate in the country now stands at 1.4 percent with Punjab reporting the highest (3.2 percent). Less than 9 lakh daily tests were reported on January 12 with more than 18.34 crore tests carried out to date.

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Despite the high number of cases and deaths reported by India, the country fares better when compared with other nations in terms of per million population.

More than 28 million COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered world-over as of January 12, with India to kick-start its drive from January 16.
Chaitanya Mallapur
first published: Jan 13, 2021 11:16 am

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