India has less than 9 lakh active COVID-19 cases for first time in a month; total of 69.06 lakh infections recorded in country

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally went past 69.06 lakh on Friday after 70,496 fresh infections were registered in the span of 24 hours while the number of active COVID-19 cases fell below 9 lakh after a month, said the Union health ministry.

The total number of confirmed cases mounted to 69,06,151. The toll climbed to 1,06,490 with 964 more people succumbing to the viral infection, according to the latest data released by health ministry at 8 am.

The total COVID-19 recoveries have surged to 59,06,069 pushing the recovery rate to 85.52 percent. While there are 8,93,592 active cases comprising 12.94 percent of the total caseload.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate was recorded at 1.54 percent.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August and 40 lakh on 5 September. It went past 50 lakh on 16 September and crossed 60 lakh on 28 September.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 8,46,34,680 samples have been tested so far with 11,68,705 samples being tested on Thursday alone.



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