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Poonam Singh

New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally rose to 96.77 lakh, while the active caseload fell below 4 lakh and the recoveries surged to 91.39 lakh, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Monday.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 96,77,203 with 32,981 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll rose to 1,40,573 with 391 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

There are 3,96,729 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 4.10 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 91,39,901 pushing the national recovery rate to 94.45 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 per cent.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, and surpassed 90 lakh on November 20.

According to the ICMR, 14,77,87,656 samples have been tested up to December 6 with 8,01,081 samples being tested on Sunday.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with 18,52,266 cases till date. Over 70 per cent of the daily new cases are contributed by 10 states and UT, -- Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Haryana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh.

After a long haul, the positivity rate of Covid-19 cases in the national capital dipped to 3.68 per cent on Sunday as Delhi tested over 70,000 cases in the last 24 hours.

The current global caseload and death toll stands at 6,70,09,962 and 15,35,107, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit with 1,47,50,316 cases and 2,82,236 deaths. India in in the second spot in terms of number of cases contracted so far.

(With Agency Inputs)

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