India's active COVID-19 cases drops below 8-lakh mark for 1st time in 1.5 months, says Ministry of Health

NEW DELHI: With a spike of 62,212 new cases and 837 deaths in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 count reached 74,32,681 on Saturday according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

As per the MoHFW, the COVID-19 count includes 7,95,087 active cases and 65,24,596 cured/discharged/migrated cases. With 837 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death count due to the disease has reached 1,12,998.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the active cases have dropped below the 8 lakh mark for the first time in one-and-a-half months. “This significant achievement is the outcome of Centre-led targeted strategies leading to a high number of recoveries and steadily falling number of fatalities,” the Ministry said.

With 1,85,270 total active cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state by COVID-19 in the country. The state has reported a total of 15,86,321 COVID-19 cases, while 13,58,606 patients have recovered from the disease in the state. As many as 41,965 people have also died due to coronavirus so far.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 7,184 new COVID-19 cases, 8,893 discharges, and 71 deaths today. Total positive cases in the state have reached 7,58,574 including 1,10,647 active cases, 6,37,481 discharges and 10,427 deaths, the Karnataka Health Department said.

A total of 3676 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in the state is now 7,79,146 including 37,102 active cases, 7,35,638 recoveries, and 6,406 deaths so far, said the State Government. Kerala reported 9,016 new COVID-19 cases pushing the total active patients to 96,004. The state has recorded 1,139 deaths while 2,36,989 people have recovered from the infection.

Delhi reported 3,259 new coronavirus cases in that last 24 hours, taking the tally of total positive cases to 3,27,718. The national capital currently has 22,884 active cases, while 2,98,853 people have recovered from viral infection. The national capital has reported as many as 5,981 so far.

Tamil Nadu reported 4,295 COVID-19 cases and 57 deaths on Saturday, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 6,83,486. There are 40,192 active cases in the state, while 6,32,708 have been cured and discharged. Tamil Nadu has reported a total of 10,586 deaths due to coronavirus.

As many as 3,865 new COVID-19 cases, 3,183 discharges and 61 deaths were reported in West Bengal today. Total cases in the state have reached 3,17,053 including 2,77,940 discharges, 33,121 active cases and 5,992 deaths, the State Health Department said.

Rajasthan’s COVID-19 tally surges to 1,71,281 with 1,992 new infections. There are 21,255 are active patients in the state, while 1,735 deaths have been recorded so far.

As many as 1,817 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total number of positive cases to 18,609. The Health Department of the state said that there are 2,573 active cases in Himachal Pradesh, and 15, 743 people recovered from viral infection. The state has reported 259 deaths so far, while 29 COVID-19 positive patients migrated from Himachal Pradesh.

Manipur recorded 426 new COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths today, The total number of positive cases in the state reached 15,141 including 11,443 recoveries, 3,587 active cases and 111 deaths. Uttarakhand reported 606 new COVID-19 cases today, while 665 patients were cured. Total cases in the state have reached 57,648 including 50,820 recoveries and 924 deaths.

1,222 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths reported in Madhya Pradesh today. The State Health Department said the total cases in the State has reached 1,59,158 including 2,753 deaths and 1,42,707 recoveries so far. Active cases stand at 13,698.

Union Territory of Chandigarh reported 54 new COVID-19 cases, and one death due to the viral infection, taking total positive cases to 3582. The UT currently has 915 active COVID-19 cases and has reported 207 deaths due to coronavirus so far.

No new COVID-19 cases reported in Mizoram over the last 24 hours, while 4 patients recovered in the state. Government of Mizoram said a total cases stand at 2,245, out of which 108 are active patients. 2,137 people have been discharged so far. No death reported in the state till date.

Meanwhile, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 9,32,54,017 samples have been tested in the country for COVID-19 till Friday. This includes 9,99,090 samples tested on October 16. (ANI)