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Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

India reported over 18,000 COVID-19 new cases according to the official update, on January 29, 2021. Active cases further drop below 1.72 lakh cases with a fall of over 2,000 cases in a day. Recoveries above 1.03 crore with a recovery rate of 97 percent. Over 29 lakh beneficiaries vaccinated till date.

January 29, 2021 / 11:40 AM IST
Reena Jani, 34, a health worker, receives the vaccine developed by Oxford/AstraZeneca at Mathalput Community Health Centre, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Koraput. (Image: Reuters)

Reena Jani, 34, a health worker, receives the vaccine developed by Oxford/AstraZeneca at Mathalput Community Health Centre, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Koraput. (Image: Reuters)

As many as 18,855 new cases of novel coronavirus were reported, with India’s total COVID-19 cases now above 1.07 crore, as per health ministry’s January 29, 2021 update. New cases above 15,000 mark after eight days.

India reported 163 new deaths and 20,746 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, the latest release show. Active cases drop to 1,71,686 with a fall of 2,054 cases on January 29.

As many as 29,28,053 beneficiaries have been vaccinated across India according to January 29, update. 

Chhattisgarh reported the most (6,451) new cases in the last 24 hours, followed by Kerala (5,771), Maharashtra (2,889), Karnataka (550) and Tamil Nadu (503). These five states account for 86 percent of all the new cases reported in India.

2021-covid-19-update (1) Jan 29

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Maharashtra reported the most (50) new deaths, followed by Chhattisgarh (35), Kerala (19), Punjab (9) and West Bengal (9). These five states account for 75 percent of all the new deaths reported across the country.

About 18 states and union territories--Andaman and Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim and Tripura did not report any deaths today. 

India’s recovery rate is now 97 percent. Dadra Nagar Haveli/Daman & Diu record the highest (99.7 percent) recovery rate. In terms of cases, Chhattisgarh recorded 6,479 new recoveries, the most, followed by Kerala (5,594), Maharashtra (3,181), Bihar (655) and Karnataka (644).

2021-covid-19-update Jan 29

The total number of COVID-19 cases in India is now at 1,07,20,048 with 1,03,94,352 recoveries and 1,54,010 deaths as per January 29, update. The mortality rate in the country now stands at 1.4 percent with Punjab reporting the highest (3.2 percent). Less than 8 lakh daily tests were reported on January 28 with more than 19.50 crore tests carried out till date.

2021-covid-19-update (2) Jan 29

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. Mexico now records the third highest COVID-19 deaths in the world, moving above India.
Chaitanya Mallapur
first published: Jan 29, 2021 11:40 am

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