Continuing with its trend of a decline in deaths due to COVID-19, India reported 480 fatalities linked to the coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours, when country’s Covid tally crossed the 79-lakh mark with 45,148 fresh cases, showed the Health Ministry data this morning.
A total of 1,19,014 people in India have succumbed to the viral disease till now. The total number of infections stand at 79,09,959 with 71,37,228 overall recoveries.
Today’s figure is the lowest number of Covid-related deaths the country has reported since July 10 (475).
Data shows that India was recording an average of 900-1,000 Covid-related deaths since August. This number rose to an average of 1,100 in September when coronavirus cases peaked with a daily average of 90,000 fresh cases.
But, October has seen a steady decline in number of daily cases and deaths. According to the Health Ministry, for the past week, India has been recording less than 1,000 Covid deaths, which have remained below the 1,100-mark since October 2.
New coronavirus infections in the past week have also remained in the 51,000 daily average range, against the weekly average of about 80,000 in early October.
The positivity rate has also almost halved in the past month, from 8.2 per cent to 4.6 per cent now.
Almost 90 per cent people who have contracted COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in India have now recovered. There are now 6.5 lakh total active cases – about 8 per cent of the tally.
India remains the second worst affected country by the pandemic after the United States, which has 86.35 lakh cases.
The United States, which is set to elect a new President this week, saw its highest ever number of new COVID-19 cases over the weekend – 84,244 on Friday and 79,852 on Saturday.
The country has reported more than 2.25 lakh Covid related deaths till now.