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India reported over 10,000 COVID-19 new cases on February 23. Active cases slide below the 1.50 lakh mark. Over 1.17 crore beneficiaries vaccinated to date.

February 23, 2021 / 11:32 AM IST
People wearing protective face masks wait in queues to buy train tickets at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station in Mumbai, India. (Image: Reuters)

People wearing protective face masks wait in queues to buy train tickets at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station in Mumbai, India. (Image: Reuters)

As many as 10,584 new cases of novel coronavirus were reported, with India’s total COVID-19 cases now above 1.10 crore, as per the health ministry’s February 23, 2021 update. Reported new cases down 25 percent over the previous day. 

India reported 78 new deaths and 13,255 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, the latest release show. Active cases drop to 1,47,306 with a fall of 2,749 cases on February 23.

As many as 1,17,45,552 beneficiaries have been vaccinated across India according to February 23, update. 

Maharashtra reported the most (5,210 or nearly 50 percent) new cases in the last 24 hours, followed by Kerala (2,212), Tamil Nadu (449), Punjab (388), and Karnataka (317). These five states account for 81 percent of all the new cases reported in India.

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Maharashtra also reported the most (18) new deaths, followed by Kerala (16), Punjab (15), Chhattisgarh (6), and Tamil Nadu (6). These five states account for 78 percent of all the new deaths reported across the country.

About 22 states and union territories--Andaman and Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman, and Diu, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Sikkim, and Tripura did not report any deaths today. 

India’s recovery rate is now 97.2 percent. Dadra Nagar Haveli/Daman & Diu record the highest (99.8 percent) recovery rate. In terms of cases, Kerala recorded 5,037 new recoveries, the most, followed by Maharashtra (5,035), Tamil Nadu (461), Chhattisgarh (382), and Karnataka (287).

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in India is now at 1,10,16,434 with 1,07,12,665 recoveries and 1,56,463 deaths as per February 23, update. The mortality rate in the country stands at 1.4 percent with Punjab reporting the highest (3.2 percent). Less than 7 lakh daily tests were reported on February 22 with more than 21.22 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.
Chaitanya Mallapur
first published: Feb 23, 2021 11:32 am

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