India’s COVID-19 tally at 9.73 million; Kerala reports highest number of cases

India’s COVID-19 tally at  9.73 million; Kerala reports highest number of cases

India’s COVID-19 caseload has now reached 97,35,975 with 32,061 new incidences reported in the past 24 hours. The active cases stood at 3,77,327 as of now. As many as 36,546 patients showed recovery from the infection yesterday taking the overall recoveries to 92,14,815. With 402 recent deaths, the total fatalities due to the pandemic have risen to 1,41,398.

In the last 24 hours, 10,26,399 COVID-19 tests were conducted across 1,189 government and 1,021 private laboratories. As many as 14,88,14,055 tests have been conducted since the beginning of the pandemic. As the number of cases detected over the last 24 hours reduced, the test positivity rate (TPR) also dipped to 2.5 per cent, the lowest since June.

With 5,032 new positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, Kerala continued to report the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases in the nation. The total cases stood at 6,44,697 with 59,748 of them currently being active infections under treatment. As many as 60,521 samples were tested yesterday. Test positivity rate in the state remains relatively high, at 8.31 %, as the epidemic curve remains on the plateau it hit over a month ago.

On Tuesday, 4,735 recoveries were also reported. With 31 new deaths, the total fatalities related COVID-19 has reached 2,473.

Maharashtra reported 4,026 new cases on Tuesday. About 6,365 patients have been recovered across the state. The total case tally now stands at 18,59,367 with the number of active cases dipping to 73,374. The cumulative recoveries have reached 17,37,080 with the state’s recovery rate rising incrementally to 93.42%. As many as 53 deaths were reported, taking the death toll to 47,827.

Over 58,400 tests were conducted yesterday. “Of a total 1,13,77,074 laboratory samples tested thus far, 18,59,367 (case positivity rate of 16.34%) have returned positive with nearly 60,000 samples being tested in the last 24 hours,” State Surveillance Officer Dr. Pradeep Awate said, adding that the state’s case fatality rate marginally decreased to 2.57%.

On Tuesday, Delhi reported 3,188 new cases, taking the total tally of infections in the city to 597,000 so far. There were 57 deaths recorded on the day, with the total death toll of COVID-19 reaching 9,763.

The cumulative case fatality ratio (CFR) — the proportion of people who died of the disease compared to those who were tested positive for it — stood at 1.64%. It has consistently reduced since recording a high at 4.11% on June 16. The death toll stands at 9,763 as of now.

Of the 75,409 tests conducted yesterday, 31,098 (41%) were done using the RT-PCR method — the gold standard for coronavirus diagnosis. Reducing the RT-PCR tests could catch the city off-guard and the outbreak could re-emerge, warned the experts.

With 22,310 active cases in the city as on Tuesday, there were 6,357 containment zones in the capital, according to the government bulletin. The average positivity rate stood at 5% on December 2 compared to 15.33% on November 15.

West Bengal reported 2,941 new incidences, 2,971 recoveries and 49 deaths on Tuesday. The overall caseload stood at 5,07,995 of which 23,750 were active infections. As many as 44,200 samples were tested during the day. The death toll stood at 8,820.

The case fatality rate (CFR) in Punjab continues to be 3.14 — the highest in the country. Maharashtra and Sikkim also have a high CFR of 2.57 and 2.24 respectively, according to the official data.

Punjab’s active cases rose to 7,274 after reporting 492 new infections on Tuesday. The total confirmed cases stood at 1,57,331. The state has seen 1,45,093 recoveries and 4,964 deaths so far. 30 persons lost their lives on Tuesday to the infection. Over 30.6K tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

Himachal Pradesh reported 504 cases on Tuesday pushing its case tally to 46,201. The active cases stood at 7,577. With 14 new deaths, the total fatalities took to 743 till now. Over 7.2K tests were conducted on the previous day.