India’s COVID tally crosses 62-lakh mark, death toll nearing 98,000

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New Delhi (NVI): India coronavirus tally has crossed the 62-lakh mark and stands at 62,25,764, with a single-day spike of 80,472 new cases in last 24 hours, Union Health Ministry said.

The country’s death toll has reached 97,497 with 1,179 fatalities reported during this period.

Notably, the number of active cases stands at 9,40,441, while 51,87,826 patients have been cured and discharged from the hospitals across the country.

However, the recovery rate rises to 83.33 per cent from yesterday’s 82.58 percent in India.

In worst-hit Maharashtra, the COVID-19 cases climbed to 13,66,129, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 6,87,351 cases, and Tamil Nadu with 5,69,370 cases.

The other worst affected states in the country are Karnataka (5,91,943), Uttar Pradesh (3,94,856) and Delhi (2,76,325).

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of death toll at 36,181 followed by 9,453 deaths in Tamil Nadu.

The death toll in the national capital surpassed to 5,320, while 2,43,481 patients have recovered so far, the healthy ministry data shows.

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data, a total of 7,41,96,729 samples tested for COVID-19, up to September 29. Of these, 10,86,688 samples were tested yesterday.

Meanwhile, UP Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh said that Phase 3 trials of the COVID-19 vaccine is being developed by Bharat Biotech which will involve 3,000 volunteers—1,500 each from Lucknow and Gorakhpur.

-RJV