India's COVID-19 infection tally crosses 74 lakh with 62212 new cases

India crossed Covid-19 peak likely to have around 106 lakh active cases by February Centre’s panel

India's doubling time has also sharply increased to 70.4 days.

A government-appointed panel of scientists and doctors stated on Sunday that India has crossed the COVID-19 peak and will be able to control the spread of the virus by end of February 2021. India had recorded a spike of 97,894 cases on September 17.

The death toll climbed to 1,12,998 with the virus claiming 837 lives in a day. India is in the company of Brazil among countries that haven't yet witnessed a second wave. West Bengal has 3,09,417 cases amounting to 3,106 cases per million.

Maharashtra has reported the maximum single day deaths (306 deaths). The pandemic in Kerala, which had seen a big surge this month, too appears to be slowing.

These fresh cases came out of the 55,715 tests conducted the previous day.

Kerala has reported a 3,17,929 cases, amounting to 8,909 infected per million.

Thirteen states and Union Territories, including Puducherry (403), Maharashtra (335), Goa (331), Delhi (317), Karnataka (152), Tamil Nadu (135) and Punjab (131), had deaths per million population more than the national average. Rajasthan has so far registered 1,67,279 cases accounting for 2.3 per cent of the total caseload. Gujarat added 1,091 cases, taking the total to 1.6 lakh. New Covid cases in Gujarat include 239 from Surat, 183 from Ahmedabad, 119 from Vadodara, 107 from Rajkot, and 84 from Jamnagar.

"The COVID-19 case fatality rate has been on the slide continuously".

Each team comprises a joint secretary who will be the nodal officer for the concerned state, one public health expert, and one clinician to look after infection prevention practices, clinical management protocol being followed by the state, the Union health ministry said in a statement on Friday. While 13,30,483 patients have recovered from the disease in the state, 41,196 died so far.

Of the 895 fatalities reported in 24 hours, almost 82% are concentrated in 10 states and UTs of Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha and Delhi, the ministry said.

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