From Our Bureau  

16th SEPTEMBER 2020    

India witnessed a big spurt with 90,123 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Wednesday, taking the country’s cumulative cases to 50,20,359. The death toll rose to 82,066, with 1,290 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate dropped to 1.63 percent today.

Incidentally, India has moved to the second place now in total number of COVID-19 positive cases among the countries across the world. It ranks next to the United States in overall number of cases. India now ranks third in total number of fatalities, after the United States and Brazil, which occupy the top two slots. Moreover, the daily tally of cases and deaths in India is the highest among all the countries across the globe now.

Meanwhile, India continues to record a spate of very high recoveries. India logged in the highest number of single day recoveries in the last 24 hours. As many 82,961 COVID patients were cured and discharged from home/facility isolation and hospitals, steeply pushing the Recovery Rate to 78.53 percent.

The 7-day moving average of the Recoveries shows a consistent increase in the recoveries. The total recovered cases stand at 39,42,360.

In the last 24 hours, Maharashtra (19,423) contributed 23.41 percent of the new recoveries while the States of Andhra Pradesh (9,628), Karnataka (7,406), Uttar Pradesh (6,680) and Tamil Nadu (5,735) contributed 35.5 percent of the new recoveries.

Nearly 59 percent of the new recoveries came from these five States. As many as 27 States/Union Territories have reported Recovery Rate more than 70 percent.

There are 9,95,933 active cases in the country as on date, accounting for 19.84 percent of total confirmed cases.

The gap between Recovered and Active cases has crossed 29 lakh today (29,46,427).  Recovered Cases are nearly 4 times (3.96) the number of Active Cases.

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu comprise close to 60 percent of the Active Cases.  70 percent of the Total Active Cases are found in nine most affected States/UTs.

Of the 90,123 new cases reported in the last 24 hours in the country, Maharashtra is leading the tally with more than 20,000 new cases. This is followed by Andhra Pradesh (8,846) and Karnataka (7,576).  (eom)

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