Active Covid-19 cases in India fall below 200,000 first time in nearly seven months

Delhi reports no Covid-9 deaths first time since Mar 2. (Photo courtesy: Hindustan Times)

(, Jan20’21) – Active Covid-19 cases in India have fallen below the 200,000 mark for the first time after nearly seven months at the end of the fourth day of the commencement of its vaccination drive. The country’s Health Ministry said today that 72% of the active cases were concentrated in Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal. Thirty-four states and UTs had less than 10,000 active cases. Himachal had 584.

The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 13,823 new cases and 162 new Covid-19 deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Jan 20 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 10,595,660 cases and 152,718 deaths. Both the number of new cases and deaths were higher than those reported the day before.

A total of 10,245,741, or 96.7%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 197,201, or 1.86% of the total. The case fatality rate remained at 1.44%. The percentage figures were mostly significant improvements over the previous day’s percentage figures.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 13,823, was less than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 16,988, leading to a decrease in the number of active cases by 3,327.

Kerala, the country’s fourth worst-hit state and having the highest number of active cases continued to report the highest daily new infections at 6,186, followed successively by the country’s worst-hit state with the second highest number of active cases Maharashtra (2,294), second-worst hit state Karnataka (645), fifth worst-hit state Tamil Nadu (543), Gujarat (485), eighth worst-hit state West Bengal (412), Chattisgarh (383), seventh-worst hit state Uttar Pradesh (334), Madhya Pradesh (304), … Himachal Pradesh (41), and so on.

The 162 daily new deaths included 50 from Maharashtra; 26 from Kerala; and 11 from West Bengal, 10 from Delhi and Chattisgarh. The rest of the states reported from 9 to no death.

India is currently the country with the world’s second highest number of Covid-19 cases and the third highest number of deaths in cumulative numbers.


The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has remained unchanged at 1,487. Of them 1,411 had recovered, 39 were active and 37 had died, according to the tally of the Central Tibetan Administration Jan 20.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 96,255,312 and the deaths 2,059,566, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 3:52 PM on Jan 20, 2021.


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