New Delhi: With a spike of 62,211 new Covid-19 cases and 837 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally reached 74,32,680, the Union Health Ministry data said on Saturday.
The spike is lower than the Friday figures of 63,371 coronavirus new cases and 895 deaths recorded in 24 hours.
India's doubling time has also sharply increased to 70.4 days. This indicates a substantial fall in the daily new cases and the consequent increase in time taken to double the total cases.
On Saturday, the Health Ministry data said 65,24,595 have been discharged, 7,95,087 are currently active while 1,12,998 lost the battle against the pandemic.
The recovery rate stands at 87.78 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.52 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 15,76,062 cases, including 41,502 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 9,99,090 sample tests in a single day on Friday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 9,32,54,017.
With a spike of 62,212 cases, India's COVID-19 tally reaches 74,32,681
With 62,211 new Covid-19 cases and 837 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally reached 74,32,680. As per the MoHFW, the COVID-19 count includes 7,95,087 active cases and 65,24,596 cured/discharged/migrated cases. With 837 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death count due to the disease has reached 1,12,998.
The active cases have dropped below the 8 lakh mark for the first time in one-and-half months, the ministry said.
As per the MoHFW, "This significant achievement is the outcome of Centre-led targetted strategies leading to a high number of recoveries and steadily falling number of fatalities."
With 1,90,192 total active cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state by COVID-19 in the country. While 13,44,368 patients have recovered from the disease in the state, 41,502 have died so far.
Among other severely affected states, Karnataka has 1,12,446 active cases, while 6,28,588 people have recovered, 10,356 have succumbed to the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 9,32,54,017 samples have been tested in the country for COVID-19 till Friday. This includes 9,99,090 samples tested on October 16.