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India reports 8,635 COVID cases, lowest in 8 months


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New Delhi, Feb 2: India registered 8,635 new coronavirus infections in a day, the lowest in eight months, while the daily deaths fell below 100 after around nine months, according to Union health ministry data updated on Tuesday.
The country’s COVID-19 tally has gone up to 1,07,66,245 and the death toll increased to 1,54,486 with 94 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. According to the Union Health Ministry, after reaching a high of 95,735 on September 10 in 2020, the daily new cases have dropped to 8,635 on Tuesday, the lowest in eight months. India’s average daily new cases also show a clear downward slip in the last five weeks.
While it was 18,934 in December 30, 2020–Jan 5, 2021 period, the average daily new cases have reduced to 12,772 in the Jan 27 -Feb 2 timeline, the ministry informed.
“In another significant development, the country has reported less than 100 daily deaths in a span of 24 hours, the lowest in eight-and-half months. Hundred deaths were recorded last on May 15, 2020,” the ministry said.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,04,48,406 pushing the national recovery rate to 97.05 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate has dropped to 1.43 per cent. The COVID-19 active caseload remained below two lakh for the 14th consecutive day.
There are 1,63,353 active coronavirus infections in the country which account for 1.52 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed 20 lakh 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; crossed 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, 19,77,52,057 samples have been tested up to February 1 with 6,59,422 samples being tested on Monday.
The 94 new fatalities include 27 from Maharashtra, 17 from Kerala, seven from Tamil Nadu, six from West Bengal, five from Chhattisgarh, four each from Uttarakhand, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and three each from Delhi, Karnataka and Puducherry. (PTI)


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