New Delhi, Dec 23 : The number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 1,0099,066 with 23,950 new infections reported in one day, while the number of people who recovered from the disease soared to 96.63 lakh, according to the Union Ministry of Health data updated Wednesday.
The death toll rose to 1,46,444 with 333 new deaths, according to data updated at 8 a.m.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease has climbed to 96.63,382, bringing the national cure rate to 95.69%, while the death rate for COVID-19 cases is 1.45 %.
The active workload of COVID-19 remained below 3 lakh for the second day in a row.
There are 2,89,240 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country, representing 2.86% of the total number of cases, according to the data.
India’s COVID-19 tally crossed 20 lakh on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16, topped 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and crossed the bar by one crore on December 19.
According to the ICMR, 16,42,68,721 samples were tested through December 22 and 10,98,164 samples were tested on Tuesday. The 333 new deaths include 75 from Maharashtra, 38 from West Bengal, 27 from Kerala and 25 from Delhi.
A total of 1,464,444 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 48,876 in Maharashtra followed by 12,029 in Karnataka, 12,012 in Tamil Nadu, 10,329 in Delhi, 9,439 in West Bengal, 8 224 in Uttar Pradesh, 7082 in Andhra Pradesh and 5,230 in Punjab.
The Ministry of Health pointed out that more than 70% of deaths were due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council for Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that the distribution of figures by state is subject to further verification and reconciliation.