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India reports 69,921 new COVID-19 cases, 819 deaths

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IMAGE: A health worker in personal protective equipment collects a swab sample from a man at a local health centre to conduct COVID-19 test at Darya ganj area in New Delhi. Photograph: ANI Photo

With 69,921 people testing positive for coronavirus infection, India’s COVID-19 tally mounted to 36,91,166, while recoveries surged to 28,39,882 on Tuesday pushing the recovery rate to 76.94 per cent, according to the Union health ministry data.


The death toll climbed to 65,288 with 819 new fatalities being reported in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

IMAGE: A medic collects nasal samples from a prisoner for COVID- 19 test in Meerut. Photograph: ANI Photo

The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.77 per cent.

There are 7,85,996 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 21.29 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

IMAGE: Health workers walk as they deliver pulse oximeters to people infected with the coronavirus disease in New Delhi. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 and went past 30 lakh on August 23.

IMAGE: A medic takes a break during COVID-19 test at a road side free clinic in Bengaluru. Photograph: Shailendra Bhojak/PTI Photo

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a cumulative total of 4,33,24,834 samples have been tested up to August 31 with 10,16,920 samples being tested on Monday.

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