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80K lost Covid battle in India as tally breached 49L

80K lost Covid battle in India as tally breached 49L

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New Delhi : India has lost 80,776 people to the Coronavirus till date, Health Ministry data revealed on Tuesday that also showed a spike of 83,809 new cases in the past 24 hours.

With 1,054 deaths India now has a toll that is barely 5,000 short of total Covid-19 cases reported in China, the ground zero of the virus that turned into a pandemic since the first case was reported in Wuhan in December 2019.

China has so far recorded only 85,202 cases while India that reported its first Covid-19 case on January 30, now has 49,30,236 cases, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

Out of the total cases, 9,90,061 are the active, 38,59,399 have been discharged, while 79,292 were cured in the past one day.

While the recovery rate is 78 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.64 per cent.

On July 17, India had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh in 20 days, on August 7. The country added another 10 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with a total of 10,60,308 cases, including 29,531 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 10,72,845 sample tests in a single day on Monday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,83,12,273.

The US is the only nation worse hit than India with 65,53,303 cases and and 1,94,489 deaths so far.

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