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India's active COVID-19 cases drop below 8 lakh mark for first time

India has scaled an "unprecedented" peak as active coronavirus cases dropped below the 8-lakh mark for the first time in 1.5 months. For nine days in a row the active cases remained below nine lakh.India's COVID-19 caseload went past 74 lakh, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 65 lakh pushing the recovery rate to 87.78 per cent, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday. According to data, the active caseload is now only 10.70 per cent of the tally. "This significant achievement is the outcome of central government-led targetted strategies leading to high number of recoveries and steadily falling number of fatalities," the Health Ministry has said.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate due COVID-19 was recorded at 1.52 per cent. The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. 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 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11.The Centre continues to support the State and UT Governments in the collective fight against the global pandemic. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has deputed high level Central teams to Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. These States have been reporting a surge in the number of new COVID cases in the recent days.

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