India records 16,504 new coronavirus cases, 214 new fatalities
New Delhi : India recorded 16,504 fresh cases of coronavirus, continuing its daily average below 20,000 for the third consecutive day. The total caseload has gone to 1,03,40,469, while the recoveries surged to 99.46 lakh, according to official data available on Union Ministry Health website.
With 214 new fatalities, the total number of deaths has increased to 1,49,649.
The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the 14th consecutive day.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to the ICMR, 17,56,35,761 samples have been tested up to January 3 with 7,35,978 samples being tested on Sunday.
The Health Ministry has been claiming that 70 per cent of deaths in coronavirus cases are due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.