Coronavirus India Update: Tally Tops 72 Lakh; Daily Positive Rate At 5.16%
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Coronavirus India Update: Tally Tops 72 Lakh; Daily Positive Rate At 5.16%

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India’s confirmed Covid-19 cases cross the 72-lakh mark even as average daily cases are on the decline.

India added over 63,000 fresh cases in 24 hours taking the total tally to nearly 72.4 lakh in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Oct. 14. This includes more than 1.10 lakh deaths and over 63 lakh who have recovered.

Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan yesterday claimed that average daily new cases are on a decline for the last five weeks. They have declined from 92,380 between Sept. 9 to Sept. 15 to about 70,114 between Oct. 7- Oct. 13, he said.

India’s daily positive rate -- the number of people that test positive out of the total tested -- stands at around 5.16%.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 72,39,389
  • Active cases: 8,26,876
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 63,01,927
  • Deaths: 1,10,586
  • Fresh cases in 24 hours: 63,509
  • One-day recoveries: 74,632
  • One-day deaths: 730

A slower pace of daily infections and an improved recovery rate has pushed active cases in India below 8.3 lakh from over 10 lakh in mid-September.

Global Update

Eli Lilly & Co. put its government-sponsored antibody test on hold due to potential safety concerns, hours after Johnson & Johnson paused its Covid-19 vaccine trial because of a participant’s unexplained illness.

Countries across Europe widened curbs to try to regain a grip on the pandemic. Infections rose at the fastest pace since April in Germany, the Dutch prime minster ordered a partial lockdown and France reported a surge in patients needing intensive care. New cases in Italy jumped to the highest since March.

Globally, confirmed Covid-19 neared the 38 million mark with 1.08 million dead.

Track the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in India, here.

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