India reports 41,322 new COVID-19 infections; active cases see drop after three straight days of rising graph

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 caseload climbed to 93.51 lakh on Saturday after 41,322 new infections were reported in a day, said the health ministry.

The total number of coronavirus cases increased to 93,51,109 and the toll climbed to 1,36,200 with the virus claiming 485 more lives, the data updated at 8 am showed.

With 87,59,969 being cured of the virus so far, the national recovery rate stands at 93.68 percent.

After showing an upward trend for three days in a row, the active COVID-19 caseload decreased to 4,54,940, remaining below five lakh for the 18th consecutive day. It comprises 4.87 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.46 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, 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October and 90 lakh on 20 November.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), more than 13.82 crore samples have been tested till 27 November with 11,57,605 samples being tested on Friday alone.

The 485 new fatalities include 98 from Delhi, 85 from Maharashtra, 46 from West Bengal, 29 from Haryana, 27 from Punjab and 23 each from Uttar Pradesh and Kerala among others.

Of the total 1,36,200 deaths reported so far in the country, 46,898 were from Maharashtra followed by 11,738 from Karnataka, 11,681 from Tamil Nadu, 8,909 from Delhi, 8,270 from West Bengal, 7,697 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,976 from Andhra Pradesh, 4,737 from Punjab, 3,938 from Gujarat and 3,224 from Madhya Pradesh among others.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that the state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.



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