Coronavirus: India death toll passes 100000 with no end in sight


The grim milestone comes as India reported another 1,069 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total toll to 100,842 in the world's second-worst affected nation.

From merely one in January 2020, India's total tests for detection of COVID-19 have crossed 7.89 crore so far. There has been a commensurate dip in the COVID-19 positivity rate, it said.

Karnataka with 112,005 active cases is the next on the list. Out of these 1,132,675 samples were tested on Friday.

Early identification through aggressive and wide scale testing, prompt and effective treatment in hospitals and supervised home as well as facility isolations, have actively led to a high recovery rate in the country. The researchers, including those from the government of Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh, along with scientists from University of California, Berkeley, found that over 70 per cent of COVID-19 infected patients in the country did not infect any of their contacts, while 8 per cent of infected individuals accounted for 60 per cent of observed new infections.

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Passing the 100,000-mark seven months to the day after India reported its first batch of cases, the country now has the highest rate of daily new infections in the world, most recently reporting 79,476 cases in the space of a single day. "The statistical metrics calculated from the data revealed that Dubai and the United Kingdom played a crucial role in spreading the disease in Indian states and were the primary sources of COVID-19 importations into India", according to the report. Total COVID cases stand at 65,49,374 including 9,37,625 active cases.

The new recoveries have exceeded new cases in recent days, the ministry said. These have eventually resulted in a sustained low fatality rate which has dropped to 1.55 per cent. For the last two weeks, the state has been recording a surge of 15,000 to 18,000 cases on a daily basis.

Kerala with 77,564 active cases is also severely affected, however, 135,144 patients have been cured in the state and 791 people have died due to COVID-19. Almost 41% of India's total infections and 34% of COVID-19 deaths were reported in September alone, with an average of nearly 1,100 Indians dying every day from the virus. Karnataka contributed more than 10,000. On Friday, 83.37 per cent of the deaths were reported from 10 states and Union territories with 36 per cent from Maharashtra with 394 deaths, followed by Karnataka with 130 deaths.