With 49,881 new Covid-19 cases, India’s tally crosses 8 million; 8,040,203 cases thus far

India’s total number of cases due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disease on Thursday crossed the eight million mark as the country logged nearly 50,000 new infections in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 8,040,203, according to the Union health ministry’s data.

Number of recoveries rose by 56,480 to reach 7,315,989 or 90.85% of total cases. Active cases fell by 7,116 and are at 603,687 or 7.64% of the caseload. The death toll, meanwhile, rose to 120,527 or 1.50% of the total tally, with 517 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

The fresh surge in cases comes amid national capital Delhi witnessing a rapid increase in its cases in the last few days. On Wednesday, Delhi reported over 5,000 cases for the first time, with 5,673 infections taking the capital’s Covid-19 tally to 370,014. This was for the second straight day Delhi logged its highest single-day cases, after 4,853 on Tuesday.

Also on Thursday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said it had tested a total of 106,563,440 samples thus far for Covid-19, with 1,075,760 samples being tested on October 28.

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