Coronavirus cases continue to rise, even though at a slower pace, with the total tally near the 75-lakh mark now.
India reported over 61,000 cases in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update at 8 a.m. on Oct. 18. The total tally includes nearly 66 lakh recoveries and over 1.14 lakh deaths.
The slower pace of daily infections and an improved recovery rate has pushed active cases in India below the 8 lakh mark for the first time on Saturday since Sept. 2. India’s active caseload had crossed 10 lakh in mid-September.
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 74,94,551
- Active cases: 7,83,311
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 65,97,209
- Deaths: 1,14,031
- Fresh cases in 24 hours: 61,871
- One-day recoveries: 72,614
- One-day deaths: 1,033
Over a thousand people died due to the virus in these 24 hours — for the first time in 15 days.
The fatality rate, however, remains low when compared to other countries at 1.52%. Recoveries make up for more than 88% of the Covid-19 pie.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said community transmission of the coronavirus infection is restricted to certain districts in a limited number of states, clarifying that “this is not happening across the country”.
He was responding to a question from a participant, who cited West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remark that there are instances of community transmission in her state and asked the minister which are the states that have witnessed community transmission of the disease.
“In different pockets across various states, including West Bengal, community transmission of Covid-19 is expected to occur, especially in densely-populated areas.
Global coronavirus cases are approaching the 40 million mark, as infections sweep across Europe and cases in U.S. and India average more than 50,000 a day. Millions of Europeans are facing tighter restrictions on movement, with London and Paris enforcing tighter curbs.
Globally, cases surged past 39.8 million with over 1.1 million dead.
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