Even as the government projects India’s case-fatality rate as the lowest in the world, the COVID-19 death toll in the country has already crossed 80,000-mark on Monday touching 80,829. This has made India one of the most hit in terms of pandemic related deaths in the world in absolute numbers. Expert reports had earlier suggested that the 1.64% case-fatality rate that the government projects in the country seems not factual as the method that India follows to estimate the same may need corrections.
On Monday, the country reported 80,663 new infection positives, continuing the high growth trajectory in new cases. With this, the total caseload of India currently stands at 49,270,20. This includes 9,952,63 active cases and about 38,509,28 recoveries.
Maharashtra saw 17,066 cases on Monday, the lowest in 13 days, taking the total cases to 10,77,374. Large spike in new COVID-19 cases were also reported in the states of Odisha (4,198), Madhya Pradesh (2,483) and Rajasthan (1,730). ICMR said on Monday that a total of 5,83,12,273 samples were tested in the country till 14th September.