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India: Total COVID-19 death toll crosses 90K

India: Total COVID-19 death toll crosses 90K
Country registers over 83K infections in last 24 hours as total number of positive coronavirus cases stands at 5.6M

By Cheena Kapoor

NEW DELHI, India (AA) - India’s total death toll crossed 90,000 mark early Wednesday as the country recorded 83,347 new COVID-19 cases and 1,085 more deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry data.

The national toll of confirmed infections stood at 5.6 million, including 90,020 deaths -- with 1.59% mortality rate.

Over 4.5 million patients have recovered from the disease in the country, pushing the recovery rate to 81.25%. The total number of active cases in the country has gone down from 1 million to 968,377 as the recovered patients exceeded active cases by 3.6 million.

The country has 17.7% of the global caseload and 19.5% of recoveries.

Seven states -- the western state of Maharashtra, northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Punjab, and southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu - constitute 63% of the active cases in the country and account for 65.5% of the total infections and 77% of fatalities.

On Tuesday, Delhi High Court, the principal civil court of state, said the state government’s direction to reserve 80% intensive care unit (ICU) beds for COVID-19 patients citing the order is arbitrary, unreasonable, and violate Article 21 (protection of life and liberty) of the the country's constitution.

“Non-COVID patients cannot be expected to run around. Reserving 80% beds in the ICU will deny urgent care to seriously ill patients requiring vital surgical interventions and critical care,” said the court as reported by local media Bar and Bench.

source: News Feed
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