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India's COVID-19 caseload rises to 1,05,95,660

January 20, 2021 12:48 IST

With 13,823 infections reported in a day, India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,05,95,660, while the recoveries surged to 1,02,45,741, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday.

IMAGE: A child plays on a footpath at the backdrop of graffiti on the COVID-19 vaccine in Bhopal. Photograph: Rajeev Gupta/ANI Photo

The death toll due to the disease increased to 1,52,718 in the country as 162 new fatalities were recorded, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed.

The total number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,02,45,741, pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.70 per cent.


The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44 per cent, it said.

There are 1,97,201 active coronavirus infections in the country, which comprises 1.86 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

IMAGE: A medic prepare to administer COVID-19 vaccine during the first phase of the countrywide inoculation drive in Bengaluru. Photograph: Shailendra Bhojak/PTI Photo

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

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 18,85,66,947 samples have been tested till January 19, with 7,64,120 samples being tested on Tuesday.

IMAGE: Students stand in a queue maintaining social distancing norms as the schools reopen for classes 10th and 12th after the COVID-19 pandemic in Chennai. Photograph: Anantha Krishnan/ANI Photo

The 162 new fatalities include 50 from Maharashtra, 26 from Kerala, 11 from West Bengal, nine from Karnataka, and 10 each from Delhi and Chhattisgarh.

Out of the total 1,52,718 deaths in the country, 50,523 deaths were reported from Maharashtra followed by 12,281 from Tamil Nadu, 12,181 from Karnataka, 10,764 from Delhi, 10,074 from West Bengal, 8,584 from Uttar Pradesh and, 7,142 deaths from Andhra Pradesh.

IMAGE: A doctor poses after receiving a dose of the Bharat Biotech's Covaxin at a government-run hospital in New Delhi. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

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

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

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