Death tally inches to 1 lakh mark, stands at 98,678


Death tally inches to 1 l
New Delhi, Oct 1
India recorded 86,821 new coronavirus cases and 1,181 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its COVID-19 tally past the 63-lakh mark, according to the Health Ministry data released this morning.
The country now has 63,12,585 cases of coronavirus, including 9,40,705 active cases, 52.7 lakh recoveries and 98,678 deaths.
At 85,376, India recorded fewer one-day recoveries than new cases. The overall recovery rate in the country is 83.5 per cent. Its daily positivity rate was 6.1 per cent and fatality rate is 1.6 per cent.
A total of 14 lakh tests were done in the last 24 hours and 7.6 crore tests have been done in India till now.
India, which trails the US in the list of Nations hit worst by coronavirus, has been recording the world's highest daily Covid spike since August 8.
While announcing the next phase of lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions, the Centre said schools and colleges, shut since March as lockdown was announced across the country, will be allowed to re-open from October 15. The final call, however, has been left to the States and the institutions involved. Online and distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged, the Centre said.
The Government also gave a go ahead to cinema halls, multiplexes, and exhibition halls, but their reopening will be tempered with certain restrictions.