India’s COVID-19 case load to 74,94,551, death toll to 1,14,031

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Sunday (October 18) said that India has reported 61,871 new coronavirus infections, 1,033 fatalities in last 24 hrs.

Active COVID-19 cases in the country stand at 7,83,311, while 65,97,209 people have recovered from the disease so far, said Union Health Ministry.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state by COVID-19 in the country. While 13,58,606 patients have recovered from the disease in the state, 41,965 have died so far.

Among other severely affected states, Karnataka has 1,10,666 active cases, while 6,37,481 people have recovered, 10,427 have succumbed to the coronavirus.

Delhi has 22,884 total active cases, 2,98,853 recovered and 5,981 deaths reported so far.


Meanwhile, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 9,42,24,190 samples have been tested in the country for COVID-19 till Saturday. This includes 9,70,173 samples tested on October 17.

“India has exponentially scaled up its testing capacity from one in January to more than 9.32 crore at present. The very high testing has resulted in the continuous falling positivity rate. It has now fallen below 8%,” the Health Ministry stated.

“Very comprehensive testing has thus worked as a highly effective tool to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection. It also leads to early identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases, and eventual low Fatality Rate,” MoHFW added.

(With Inputs from Agency)

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