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Coronavirus update: India crosses 77 lakh mark with 54,366 new COVID-19 cases

Oct. 23, 2020, 3:57 p.m.

New Delhi: According to the updated data by the Union Ministry of Health, the number of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours was below 60,000 for the fifth consecutive day. 

Although the number of coronavirus patients in the country has crossed the 77 lakh mark, while the number of cured patients has crossed 69 lakhs.

For the first time, active cases of coronavirus infection in India remain below seven lakh. In the last 24 hours, there have been 54,366 new cases of coronavirus. The number of coronavirus patients in the country has reached 7,761,312, whereas, in the last 24 hours, 690 people have died from the infection in the country. With this, 1,17,306 people have lost their lives in this country.

There are still 6,95,509 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country, which is 8.96 percent of the total cases of infection. A total of 69,48,497 people have so far recovered from Coronavirus, after which the recovery rate in the country has increased to 89.52 percent, while the death rate is at 1.51 percent. 

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 10,01,13,085 samples were tested till October 21, of which 14,42,722 were tested on Thursday.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that on Thursday, with an average of more than 10 lakh samples tested per day in the last 17 days, India has crossed the 10 crore mark in conducting tests to detect COVID-19.

COVID-19 in India crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, and 40 lakh on September 5. It crossed 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, and 70 lakh on October 11.

As the winter and festival have approached, it will be quite difficult to control the virus from spreading as people would tend to visit their relatives and friends for greeting and would come on the streets for the purchase of festival items/products. 

For this cause, PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation and asked them to be careful and cautious as the lockdown is over, the virus is still present.

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