New COVID-19 cases hover around 18K in India; spike in Kerala

January 9, 2021 0 By FM

With 18,453 fresh COVID -19 cases reported on Friday, India’s total case tally took to 10,432,526. The active cases now stand at 2,21,447, as the overall recoveries have surged to 1,00,55,935, with 19,242 individuals getting discharged on Friday. The death toll has mounted to 1,50,835 with 229 new deaths from the infection.

The total number of people infected with the new UK variant strain of the novel coronavirus now stood at 82, revealed the health ministry. The Delhi government has announced that all passengers arriving in the capital from the UK will have to undergo a seven-day institutional quarantine followed by a seven-day home quarantine even if they test negative for COVID-19 on arrival.

Kerala continued to report the highest daily new cases at 5,051. The overall case tally of the state stood at 8,01,076, with 64,241 being active cases. As many as 5,325 new recoveries were also recorded during the day taking the total recoveries to 7,33,384. With 23 new fatalities, the death toll took to 3,258.

Followed by Kerala, Maharashtra reported 3,693 new COVID-19 cases as opposed to 2,890 patients being discharged on Friday. The active case tally rose further to 51,838. The total case tally has now reached 19,61,975. As many as 73 fatalities saw the death toll climb to 49,970. The case fatality stood at 2.55%. The cumulative recoveries stand at 18,58,999 while the state’s recovery rate is 94.75%.

“Of a total 1,32,67,917 laboratory samples tested thus far, 19,61,975 have returned positive with over 68,000 samples being tested in the last 24 hours,”said the State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate.

Currently, 2,42,585 people across the state are in home quarantine and 3,015 in institutional quarantine facilities, said the state officials.

Chhattisgarh reported 960 new COVID-19 incidences on Friday taking the total caseload to 2,87,556. The active infections stood at 9,045, as the total recoveries rose to 2,75,042 and the death toll took to at 3,469.

With 1,954,553 cases, Maharashtra has the highest number of reported COVID-19 incidences in India, followed by Karnataka 9,24,137, Andhra Pradesh 8,83,876, Tamil Nadu 8,23,181, and Kerala 7,90,882.

The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 89,324,792. While 63,990,133 have recovered, 1,920,754 have died so far. The US is by far the worst-hit country with 22,446,955 reported cases, and 378,085 deaths from the infection. It is followed by India (10,432,526), Brazil (8,015,920), Russia (3,355,794) and UK (2,957,472).