India’s caseload crosses 7.7 million; fatalities reach 1.16 lakh

October 22, 2020 0 By FM

India’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 77,05,158 after reporting 56,000 fresh incidences on Wednesday. The active infections in the country stand at 7,15,327. A total of  68,71,895 patients have recovered so far with 79,342 being reported as cured/discharged yesterday. With 703 new deaths, the total fatalities of the pandemic have risen to 1,16,653

Maharashtra reported 8,142 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as opposed to a significant surge in the number of recoveries in a day marking 23,371. The state’s total case tally reached 16,17,658 while its number of active cases dipped further to 1,58,852. With 180 more deaths, the fatality toll has reached 42,633.

Mumbai reported the highest incidences of all districts with 1,609 new cases taking its total tally to 2,45,869 of whom just 20,216 are active cases. As many as 48 fatalities saw the city’s death toll rise to 9,912.

The cumulative recoveries have gone up to 14,15,679 with the recovery rate rising to 87.51%. “Of a total 83,27,493 laboratory samples tested thus far, 16,17,658 (19.43%) have returned positive with around 76,000 samples across the state being tested in the last 24 hours,” State Surveillance Officer Dr. Pradeep Awate said, adding that the case fatality rate currently stood at 2.64%.

A total 24,47,292 people across the state were in home quarantine and 23,312 were in institutional quarantine facilities, said Dr. Awate.

Andhra Pradesh recorded 3,746 new COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths on Wednesday. Over a 24-hour period, 74,422 samples were tested with a positivity rate of 5.03% while the overall test positivity rate dropped to 10.91%. The cumulative caseload of the state has reached 7,93,299 in all of which the active cases stood low at 32,376. The total recoveries have reached 7,54,415 while the death toll stood at 6,508.

Karnataka on Wednesday reported 5,872 new cases and 88 deaths. As many as 1,08,241 tests were conducted in 24 hours including 21,623 rapid antigen tests, raising the total number of tests to 69,52,835. While the positivity rate for the day stood low at 5.42%, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) touched 1.49%. The total caseload of Karnataka stood close to that of AP reaching 7,82,773. The active cases stood at 1,00,440 while overall recoveries climbed to 6,71,618 and the death toll stood at 10,696.

Kerala reported 8,369 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, testing 62,030 samples, and recorded a positivity rate of 13.5%. The total caseload has reached 3,61,842 of which the active infections totalled 8,369. Among active cases, 804 patients were critically ill and being treated in ICUs with 196 on ventilator support. As many as 2,67,082 infected individuals have recovered from the illnesses by far. The death toll stood at 1,233 with the Health department reporting 26 deaths to the official list yesterday.

Globally, the total novel coronavirus infections have reached 41,482,992 and the death toll has reached 1,136,310. The highest number of cases is marked by the U.S at 8,584,819 which is followed by India and Brazil.

On Wednesday, Spain’s overall COVID-19 caseload jumped to 1,005,295 making it the first Western European country to exceed 1 million cases. The state’s case tally doubled in six weeks despite a series of increasingly stringent measures to control the second wave. The death toll increased by 156 to 34,366.