New Delhi: With a spike of 75,829 new cases and 940 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count crossed 6.5 million on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
As per the MoHFW, the COVID-19 count is at 6,549,374, including 937,625 active cases in the country. The count also includes 5,509,967 cured and discharged or migrated cases and 101,782 deaths, as per the MoHFW.
Earlier yesterday, the COVID-19 death toll in the country had surpassed the 100,000 mark.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 78,992,534 samples have been tested up to October 2 for COVID-19 in the country. Out of these 1,142,131 samples were tested on Friday.
The MoHFW had said that increased pace of testing has led to "early identification, prompt isolation, and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases. These have eventually resulted in a sustained low Fatality Rate."
"India has scaled up its testing capacity from one in January to more than 77 million in October. With progressively falling positivity rate, testing has worked as an effective tool to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection," a tweet by the MoHFW read.
India clocks less than 10 lakh active COVID cases for 13th day
India has maintained its steady trend of clocking less than 10 lakh active COVID-19 cases for the 13th consecutive day. The number of active cases reported till Sunday was 937,625 -- 7,371 less than Saturday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
As many as 82,260 people recovered in the last 24 hours, against 75,829 new cases reported, along with 940 deaths, it added. "With this India's total recoveries crossed 5.5 million on Sunday. The national recovery rate at present is 84.13 per cent... Also, the contribution of active cases to the positive caseload has reduced to 14.32 per cent as on date." A release by the government said of the newly recovered cases, 75.44 per cent have been recorded in 10 States and Union Territories. Being the leading State with the highest number of active cases, Maharashtra has also contributed the highest number to the newly recovered cases, followed by Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, said the release.
It added that 10 States and Union Territories also account for 77.11 per cent of the active cases in the country. "Among the 10 States and Union Territories, Maharashtra contributed more than 14,000 to the new cases in the last 24 hours, while Karnataka and Kerala reported 9,886 and 7,834 new cases, respectively."
Even 80.53 per cent of the newly reported fatalities were from 10 States and Union Territories, of which 29.57 per cent was from Maharashtra with 278 deaths on Saturday, followed by Karnataka with 100, the government said. "Maharashtra's contribution to the death toll, however, has been on a decline."
It added that India tested more than 10 lakh samples each on Thursday, Friday and Saturday despite an extended weekend.
"There has been a commensurate dip in the positivity rate... Very high levels of testing lead to (an) early identification (of the disease), prompt isolation and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases. These have eventually resulted in a sustained low Fatality Rate," said the release by the Central government.