India’s COVID-19 Tally Reaches 7,432,680, Death Toll Rises To 112,998

NEW DELHI, Oct 17 (NNN-PTI) – India’s COVID-19 tally reached 7,432,680, and death toll 112,998 today, as 62,212 new cases and 837 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours across the country, said the latest data, released by the federal health ministry.

There are now 795,087 active cases in the country, while 6,524,595 people have been successfully cured and discharged.

This is the first time when the number of active COVID-19 cases has fallen below the 800,000-mark, since the pandemic peaked in India.

The Indian government’s focus has been on ramping up COVID-19 testing facilities, across the length and breadth of the country. Till yesterday, a total of 93,254,017 COVID-19 tests had been conducted, out of which 999,090 tests were conducted yesterday alone, according to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Two days ago cinema halls, theatres and swimming pools were reopened in the country, after nearly seven months, amid strict COVID-19 restrictions, like social distancing and regular sanitisation drives.

India’s COVID-19 graph has been sliding downwards over the past few days, as new cases have fallen to below 70,000 per day.– NNN-PTI