The COVID-19 count in the country increased to 78.14 lakh with 53,370 fresh cases being reported on Saturday (October 24). Meanwhile, 70,16,046 people have so far recuperated from the infection, pushing the national recovery rate to 89.78 per cent.
The current COVID-19 tally of the country stands at 78,14,682, including 1,17,956 deaths. In the last 24 hours, the virus has claimed 650 lives in the country, showed health ministry data updated at 8 am on Saturday.
The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.51 per cent. There are 6,80,680 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country, comprising 8.71 per cent of the total caseload, the ministry data said.
According to ICMR, a cumulative total of 10,13,82,564 samples have been tested up to October 23, with 12,69,479 samples tested on Friday.