India’s COVID-19 tally nears 78 lakh, death toll tops 1,17,300

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New Delhi (NVI): India registered a single-day rise of 54,366 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the overall caseload to 77,61,312, Union Health Ministry said.

The country’s death toll has gone up to 1,17,306 with 690 new fatalities being reported during the same period.

So far, 69,48,497 patients have recovered all over the country, while active cases stands at 6,95,509. The recovery rate also improves further to 89 per cent.

In terms of total number of cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state with 16,25,197 coronavirus cases followed by Andhra Pradesh with 7,96,919 cases, Karnataka with 7,88,551 positive cases.

The other worst affected states included Tamil Nadu (7,00,193), Uttar Pradesh (4,63,823) and Delhi (3,44,318).

In terms of fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 42,831 deaths followed by Tamil Nadu 10,852, ministry said.

The death toll in the national capital surged to 6,163 while another 3,12,198 patients have been cured so far, healthy ministry data shows.

As per the Indian Council Medical Research (ICMR) data, a total of 10,01,13,085 samples tested for COVID-19 up to October 22. Of these, 14,42,722 samples were tested yesterday

Furthermore, the coronavirus vaccine, Covaxin, being developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research, was cleared for the third phase of clinical trials, as per the reports.