India's Covid Caseload Nears 81 Lakh, Kerala Reports Highest New Cases; World Sees Record 24-hour Spike

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India saw 48,648 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day taking the COVID-19 caseload to 80,88,851, while active cases fell below 6,00,000 and the national recovery rate crossed 91 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The COVID-19 death toll in the country climbed to 1,21,090 with 563 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

A total of 73,73,375 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 91.15 per cent while the case fatality rate stands at 1.50 per cent. There are 5,94,386 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprises 7.35 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

Here’s a look at the top data highlights from India and abroad in the past 24 hours:

- Highest single day spike in new cases globally. Around 5.46 lakh new cases reported in the last 24 hours, with 2.8 lakh cases (51%) in Europe alone

- Active cases in India dip below 6 lakh

- Kerala continues to report highest new cases in India at 7,000

- New cases in Delhi continue to rise at 5,740 highest single-day spike yesterday. Active cases in Delhi crosses 30,000

- Other cities in NCR (Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurugram and Faridabad) report 867 new cases

- Active cases in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu now below 25,000

- US reports all time high 91,500 new cases

- Fifteen countries report more than 10,000 new cases. Ten of 15 countries are from Europe

- Italy (26.8k), Spain (23.6k), Belgium (21k), Poland (20k), Germany (18.7k), Russia (17.7k) report highest yet new cases

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7.30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16.60 lakh on September 28.70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 10,77,28,088 samples have been tested up to October 29 with 11,64,648 samples being tested on Thursday. The 563 new fatalities include 156 from Maharashtra, 61 from West Bengal, 53 from Chhattisgarh, 45 from Karnataka, 35 from Tamil Nadu, 27 from Delhi and 26 from Kerala.

A total of 1,21,090 deaths reported so far in the country including 43,710 from Maharashtra followed by11,091 from Karnataka,11,053 from Tamil Nadu,6,983from Uttar Pradesh,6,725from West Bengal,6,659 from Andhra Pradesh, 6,423 from Delhi, 4,168 from Punjab and 3,705from Gujarat. The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.