India’s Covid death toll surpasses 1 lakh mark

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By Muslim Mirror Staff

New Delhi: The death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 1 lakh mark in India as the Ministry of Heath on Saturday informed that a total of 100,842 deaths caused by the disease has so far been reported in the country.

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The number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 54 lakh pushing the recovery rate to 83.84 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 64,73,544 with 79,476 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,00,842 with the virus claiming 1,069 lives in a span of 24 hours, data updated at 8 am showed.

India became the third country in the world to cross this landmark – only the United States (212,000 deaths) and Brazil (144,000 dead) have reported more fatalities – but does so with a significantly better mortality rate than nearly all other countries that have seen large outbreaks. India’s case fatality rate (CFR) – the proportion of death to the number of confirmed cases – stands at 1.56%, which is not only half of the global average (2.98%), but also better than the comparable rates in the US (2.84%) and Brazil (2.99%).

The health ministry said a number of states have reported a decline in the number of active cases during the last week.

“25 States/UTs have reported a fall in the number of Active Cases during the last week. Higher number of daily recoveries and persistently regressing fatality rate are leading to lower number of Active Cases on a daily basis,” the ministry said on Twitter.

India this week issued new guidelines for opening more activities nationwide. Movie theatres multiplexes will be permitted up to 50% capacity beginning Oct. 15.

India imposed a nationwide lockdown in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus. That move brought the country to a grinding halt. In June, it started opening economic activities in a phased manner.

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