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India adds 70,496 new Covid cases, tally jumps past 69 lakh

New Delhi: India recorded 70,496 fresh Covid-19 cases and 964 fatalities on Friday, while 78,365 people recovered from the contagion in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.

The new cases and deaths took the case tally of the second most infected country to 69,06,151 and death toll to 1,06,490. Only the United States and Brazil have recorded more deaths than India.

Meanwhile, the total numbers of recoveries reached 59,06,069 in numbers and 85.52 per cent.

For the first time in a month’s time, active Covid-19 cases fell below the 9 lakh mark as India registered 8.93 lakh active cases on Friday after registering 8.97 lakh on September 9.

At present the active cases total 8,93,592 and comprise merely 12.94 per cent of the total positive cases of the country pointing to a steady falling percentage of the total cases.

However, some health experts have warned of a sharp spike in cases ahead of the festival season and winter months.

Delhi needs to be prepared for about 15,000 fresh corona cases per day taking into account the upcoming winter season-related respiratory problems, large influx of patients from outside and festive gatherings, according to a report by National Centre for Disease Control under the guidance of NITI Aayog health expert Dr VK Paul.

Maharashtra continues to be on top of the worst-affected states in the country with 14,93,884 cases and 39,879 deaths while Thane city recorded a surprising grim-milestone. It is now the fifth city in the country to record more than two lakh coronavirus cases. Apart from Thane, Pune and Mumbai become a worry of the state. Other two cities are Delhi and Bengaluru.

Andhra Pradesh recorded 7,39,719 infections and 6,128 fatalities, followed by Karnataka with 6,79,356 cases and 9,694 deaths.

India’s pandemic tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16 and crossed 60 lakh on September 28.

As many as 11,68,705 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, taking the total cumulative samples tested since the beginning of the pandemic till Thursday to 8,46,34,680.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a public campaign against the spread of the COVID-19 as festive season and winters are coming which can fuel the virus spread in the absence of adequate precautions. He has appealed to the masses to wear face masks, maintain hand and face hygiene and two-feet distance with others.

Across the world, the United States, where Presidential elections are slated for November mid, still remains the most infected with over 78 lakh cases and more than 2.17 lakh deaths. Brazil at third spot, has so far recorded more than 50 lakh cases and over 1.49 lakh deaths.

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