New Delhi: India’s total active Covid-19 case count fell below the 5-lakh mark for the first time since the end of July. The number of patients who recovered from the coronavirus infection has also crossed 80 lakh.
However, the number of active cases in Delhi is rapidly increasing. The cases have almost doubled in a month with 41,385 active cases in the city as of Wednesday, compared to 20,535 cases on 12 October.
In the last 24 hours alone, the national capital reported 7,830 new cases of Covid-19, which is double the cases reported from Maharashtra.
The number of people who tested positive in the last 24 hours increased to 44,281 — a day after it had dipped below 40,000.
The total active Covid-19 case count in India fell to 4,94,657. The number fell below the 5-lakh mark for the first time since 28 July. Active cases now account for 5.73 per cent of the total coronavirus cases detected in the country, so far.
Number of deaths
The number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours also rose to 512 Wednesday from 448 Tuesday. This brings the total death toll in India to 1,27,571. The number of deaths in India account for a little over 10 per cent of the global toll.
Punjab continues to report the highest case fatality rate in the country at 3.14. Maharashtra and Gujarat follow at the second and third position with 2.63 and 2.06, respectively.
Kerala, the state with the second-highest burden of active cases, maintains a low CFR of 0.35. India’s overall case fatality rate stands at 1.48.
India has carried out a total 12,07,69,151 Covid-19 tests in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
As many as 11,53,294 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours across 1,143 government laboratories and 939 private laboratories.
With an increase in the number of cases, the test positivity rate for India increased slightly to 3.8 per cent in the last 24 hours, from 3.6 Tuesday. The overall TPR for India, calculated since the beginning of the pandemic, is 7.1 per cent.
In the last 24 hours, as many as 50,326 people have recovered from Covid-19. This brings the total number of Covid recoveries in India since the beginning of the pandemic to 80,13,783.
India’s recovery rate is now 92.79 per cent.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 86,36,011 people have tested positive for Covid-19 — the second highest in the world after the US.
India’s Covid-19 cases account for 16.6 percent of the total cases worldwide.
Maharashtra has the highest number of active cases among all Indian states — 93,400 cases as of Wednesday.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 17,26,926 people in the state have tested Covid-positive. Of these, 45,435 people have died from the infection.
As many as 3,729 people tested positive for the virus while 110 people died from the infection in the state in the last 24 hours.
In Karnataka, 2,362 new cases of Covid-19 and 20 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of cases detected in the state to 8,51,212, while the death toll is 11,430.
The state has 31,082 active cases as of Wednesday.
Tamil Nadu has registered 7,48,225 coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, 11,387 people have died while 18,709 cases are still active.
Over the last 24 hours, 2,146 people have tested positive for the disease, while 25 people have died.
In Andhra Pradesh, as many as 20,958 Covid-19 cases are active. A total of 8,46,245 Covid-19 cases have been reported from the state so far. The state’s total death toll stands at 6,814.
In the last 24 hours, 1,886 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported, along with 12 deaths.
Uttar Pradesh reported 2,155 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections detected in the state since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,01,311.
With 30 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the state’s death toll now stands at 7,261.
Testing and positive cases
Maharashtra has nearly doubled its testing from a little over 55,000 daily to over 1 lakh today, dropping the state’s test positivity rate to 3.6 per cent.
With a little over 67,000 tests in the last 24 hours, Andhra Pradesh now has the lowest number of tests conducted among the worst-affected states. However, its TPR is also low at 2.7 per cent.
Uttar Pradesh, which has conducted over 1.49 lakh tests, has a TPR of 1.4 per cent.