145 new deaths have been recorded, the lowest for around eight months, according to data from the Union Health Ministry updated on January 18

Daily coronavirus infections fell below 14,000 for the second time this month, bringing the number of COVID-19 cases in India to 1.05,71,773, while 145 new deaths were recorded, the lowest for about eight months, according to data from the Union Health Ministry updated on January 18.

A total of 13,788 infections were reported in one day. The death toll in the country has risen to 1,52,419 with 145 new deaths per day, according to data updated at 8 a.m. Recoveries crossed 1.02 crore.

Daily COVID-19 infections were 12,548 on January 12.

The number of people who have recovered from the disease has climbed to 1,02,11,342, pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.59%, while the case fatality rate of COVID-19 is 1.44%.

The active workload of COVID-19 has remained below 3 lakh.

There are 2.08,012 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country, representing 1.97% of the total number of cases, according to the data. India’s COVID-19 tally crossed 20 lakh on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16, topped 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and crossed the bar by one crore on December 19.

According to the ICMR, 18,70,93,036 samples were tested through January 17 and 5,48,168 samples were tested on January 17. The 145 new deaths include 50 from Maharashtra, 21 from Kerala, 12 from West Bengal and 8 from Delhi.

A total of 152,419 deaths have been reported to date in the country, including 50,438 in Maharashtra followed by 12,264 from Tamil Nadu, 12,166 from Karnataka, 10,746 from Delhi, 10,053 from West Bengal, 8,576 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,140 from Andhra Pradesh and 5,504 from Punjab.

The health ministry pointed out that more than 70% of deaths were due to comorbidities.

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

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