Active cases below 8 lakh
New Delhi, Oct 17 : India has scaled an "unprecedented" peak as active coronavirus cases dropped below the 8-lakh mark for the first time in 1.5 months, the Health Ministry said this morning when the country's Covid tally surged to 74.3 lakh after 62,212 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours. The total number of active cases dropped to 7.95 lakh today as 70,816 patients fought off COVID-19 since yesterday. According to Government data, the active caseload is now only 10.70 per cent of the tally. "This significant achievement is the outcome of Central Government-led targeted strategies leading to high number of recoveries and steadily falling number of fatalities," the Health Ministry has said.
Though India continues to report the highest number of new COVID-19 daily infections in the world, the daily surge has come down from 80,000-90,000 fresh daily cases in mid-September to about 70,000 in the past week. NDTV