61,871 New Covid Cases In A Day Take India's Tally Close To 75 Lakh

New Delhi:

India reported a daily jump of 61,871 coronavirus infections in 24 hours, taking its tally near the 75-lakh mark, the Health Ministry data this morning showed.

The number of cases in the country now stand at 74,94,551. In the 24-hour period, India, which is the second worst-hit country, reported 1,033 deaths linked to the virus, taking the total number of fatalities to 1,14,031.

Maharashtra (10,259 cases), Kerala (9,016 cases), Karnataka (7,184 cases), Tamil Nadu (4,295 cases) and West Bengal (3,865 cases) have reported the maximum cases in the last 24 hours, the data showed.

Though India continues to report the highest number of new COVID-19 daily infections in the world, the daily surge has come down from 80,000-90,000 fresh daily cases in mid-September to about 70,000 in the past week.

India has “scaled up” its COVID-19 testing capacity “from one in January to over 9.32 crore at present, the Health Ministry said this morning.

“India has exponentially scaled up its testing capacity from one in January to more than 9.32 cr at present. The very high testing has resulted in the continuous falling positivity rate. It has now fallen below 8 per cent,” the Ministry tweeted.

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