India sees 84k fresh Covid cases, toll set to cross 90k | India News



NEW DELHI: The death toll from Covid-19 infections in India was set to cross 90,000 even as fresh cases reported on Tuesday rose to more than 84,000 after a sharp drop the previous day due to a massive fall in testing. There were 1,101 fatalities from the virus reported during the day.
Cumulative Covid-19 deaths in the country stood at 89,984, just 16 short of the 90,000 mark, as per data collated from state governments. When deaths do cross that mark on Wednesday, the toll would have risen from 75,000 to 90,000 in just 13 days. It had taken 15 days for the count to rise from 60,000 to 75,000.
With 84,189 new infections in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 case count stood at over 56.4 lakh late on Tuesday. While testing improved from Sunday’s two-week low of 7.3 lakh, the numbers were still below the 10-lakh mark, with 9.3 lakh samples tested for the virus on Monday. India had conducted a record 12 lakh-plus tests last Saturday.
The country saw close to 90,000 recoveries from the infection on Tuesday, while active cases continued to fall for the fifth straight day. The pool of active cases in the country, a crucial number that denotes the current spread of the infection, stood at a little over 9.7 lakh.
In most states, fresh cases rose from Monday’s count when 73,279 infections were detected in the country, the lowest daily tally in the whole of September. On Tuesday, Rajasthan was the only state to report its highest spike in cases, recording 1,912 infections.
Maharashtra reported 18,390 fresh cases and 392 deaths, with recoveries at 20,206, outnumbering new infections for the fifth day in a row. Both fresh cases and fatalities had risen slightly from the previous day’s counts.
Andhra Pradesh reported 7,553 Covid-19 positive cases on Tuesday, taking the cumulative caseload to 6,39,302 as 51 more persons died in hospitals and homes. The Covid-19 related toll jumped to 5,461 but at the same time, 10,500 people have recovered from the virus on Tuesday.
In Tamil Nadu, 200 days since the first case was reported, the state logged 5,337 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 76 deaths. Active cases stood at 46,350 while the case tally was more than 5.5 lakh. The cumulative death toll neared 9,000.


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