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With 1,072 fresh fatalities, COVID death toll breaches 5-lakh mark in India

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New Delhi: India added 1,49,394 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total virus tally to 4,19,52,712, while the active cases further declined to 14,35,569, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The death toll climbed to 5,00,055 with 1,072 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.

The active cases comprise 3.42 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate improved to 95.39 percent, the ministry said.

A reduction of 98,352 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 9.27 percent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 12.03 percent, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,00,17,088, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 percent.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 168.47 crore.

A total of 5,00,055 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,42,859 from Maharashtra, 56,701 from Kerala, 39,197 from Karnataka, 37,666 from Tamil Nadu, 25,932 from Delhi, 23,277 from Uttar Pradesh and 20,723 from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 percent 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

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