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A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a sample using a swab from a person at a local health centre to conduct tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), amid the spread of the disease, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, August 14, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 caseload surpassed 2.4 million on Friday after 64,553 more people tested positive and the recoveries rose to over 1.7 million, the Health Ministry said.

With 1,751,555 people beating the disease, the recovery rate has surged to 71.17 per cent. The caseload increased to 2,461,190, while the death toll climbed to 48,040 with 1,007 people succumbing to the disease in 24 hours, the ministry data updated at 8am showed.

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The fatality rate has declined to 1.95 per cent.

There are more than 660,000 active cases, which is 26.88 per cent of the total.

Of the 1,007 fresh deaths reported, Maharashtra accounted for the highest number of fatalities at 413, followed by Tamil Nadu (119), Karnataka (103), Andhra Pradesh (82), West Bengal (56), Uttar Pradesh (50), Punjab (31), Gujarat (18), Madhya Pradesh (17), Delhi (14), Jharkhand (12), Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan (11 each) and Bihar (10).

The Health Ministry said over 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.