India recorded the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths in over eight months with 131 more deaths being recorded, the Health Ministry said on January 25.

The coronavirus caseload rose to 1,06,67,736 with 13,203 more infections. There are 1,84,182 active cases, which is 1.73% of the caseload and it remained below 2 lakh for the sixth consecutive day, according to the Ministry data.

As many as 1,03,30,084 people have recuperated, taking the recovery rate to 96.83%,.

The fatality rate rose to 1.4% and 131 more deaths include 45 from Maharashtra, 20 from Kerala, nine from Delhi and eight each from Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

A total of 1,53,470 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 50,785 from Maharashtra, followed by 12,316 in Tamil Nadu, 12,197 in Karnataka, 10,808 in Delhi, 10,115 in West Bengal, 8,617 in Uttar Pradesh and 7,147 in Andhra Pradesh.

According to the ICMR, 19.23 crore tests have been conducted so far with 5,70,246 samples being tested on January 24.

The Ministry stressed that more than 70% of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the Ministry said on its website, adding that statewide distribution of figures was subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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