As many as 16,488 new cases of COVID-19 and 113 related fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours in the country, according to the Union health ministry’s updated data.
With this, the total count has been pushed to 1,10,79,979 cases and 1,56,938 deaths. The active cases count has further increased to 1,59,590, which comprises 1.44 per cent of the total infections, the data stated.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 1,07,63,451, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.14 per cent while the case fatality rate stands at 1.42 per cent.
A total of 16,577 new COVID-19 cases were reported in India on Friday, while 16,738 fresh infections were registered on Thursday.
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 one crore on December 19.
The 113 new fatalities include 48 from Maharashtra, 15 from Punjab and 14 from Kerala.
The death toll from the pandemic stands at 52,041 in Maharashtra, 12,488 in Tamil Nadu, 12,320 in Karnataka, 10,906 in Delhi, 10,263 in West Bengal, 8,725 in Uttar Pradesh and 7,169 in Andhra Pradesh.
For the first time, a coronavirus-linked death has been reported in Lakshadweep. The Union health ministry stressed that over 70 per cent of the deaths were due to comorbidities.
(With inputs from agencies)