India records 14,264 new COVID-19 cases; daily figure registers rise for fourth straight day

New Delhi: Daily COVID-19 cases in India registered an increase for the fourth consecutive day with the country recording 14,264 new cases, taking the total tally to 1,09,91,651, according to Union health ministry data updated on Sunday.

The death toll increased to 1,56,302 with 90 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The country had registered 18,855 infections in a day on January 29.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,06,89,715, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.25 percent and the case fatality rate stands at 1.42 percent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 1.5 lakh.

There are 1,45,634 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 1.32 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October , 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

According to the ICMR, 21,09,31,530 samples have been tested up to 20 February with 6,70,050 samples being tested on Saturday.

The 90 new fatalities include 40 from Maharashtra, 13 from Kerala and 8 from Punjab.

A total of 1,56,302 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 51,753 from Maharashtra followed by 12,457 from Tamil Nadu, 12,292 from Karnataka, 10,898 from Delhi, 10,246 from West Bengal, 8,714 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,167 from Andhra Pradesh.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent 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 state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.



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