With 12,899 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s COVID-19 tally of cases rose to 1,07,90,183, while the recoveries surged to 1,04,80,455, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The death toll increased to 1,54,703 with 107 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,04,80,455 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.13 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.43 per cent.
The total COVID-19 active cases remained below 2 lakh.
There are 1,55,025 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprise 1.44 per cent of the total cases, the data stated.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to the ICMR, 19,92,16,019 samples have been tested up to February 3 with 7,42,841 samples being tested on Wednesday. The 107 new fatalities include 30 from Maharashtra, 20 from Kerala, 7 each from Chhattisgarh and West Bengal and 6 each from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
A total of 1,54,703 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 51,169 from Maharashtra followed by 12,371 from Tamil Nadu, 12,225 from Karnataka, 10,864 from Delhi, 10,195 from West Bengal, 8,674 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,157 from Andhra Pradesh.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
Global cases top 104.3 million
The total number of global coronavirus cases has topped 104.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.26 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 104,358,117 and 2,267,768, respectively.
The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 26,554,204 and 450,680, respectively, according to the CSSE. India comes in second place in terms of cases at 10,777,284.
The other countries with more than a million confirmed coronavirus cases are Brazil (9,339,420), the UK (3,882,972), Russia (3,858,367), France (3,310,051), Spain (2,883,465), Italy (2,583,790), Turkey (2,501,079), Germany (2,252,504), Colombia (2,125,622), Argentina (1,952,744), Mexico (1,886,245), Poland (1,527,016), South Africa (1,463,016), Iran (1,438,286), Ukraine (1,270,001), Peru (1,149,764), Indonesia (1,111,671), Czech Republic (1,003,657) and the Netherlands (1,003,010), the CSSE figures showed.
Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of Covid-19 fatalities at 227,563, followed by Mexico (161,240) on the third place and India (154,596) on the fourth. Meanwhile, the nations with a death toll above 20,000 are the UK (109,547), Italy (89,820), France (77,741), Russia (73,497), Spain (60,370), Germany (59,310), Iran (58,189), Colombia (54,877), Argentina (48,539), South Africa (45,344), Peru (41,354), Poland (37,897), Indonesia (30,770), Turkey (26,354), Ukraine (24,276), Belgium (21,173) and Canada (20,317).