A medical worker, checks an oxygen cylinder before transferring COVID-19 patient from the emergency ward to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Bihar, India, 27 July 2020.
A medical worker, checks an oxygen cylinder before transferring COVID-19 patient from the emergency ward to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Bihar, India, 27 July 2020.Reuters file photo

India’s tally on Tuesday mounted to 7,175,880 with a spike of 55,342 coronavirus cases, the lowest since August.

India recorded around 55,000 cases on 31 July (55,078), 4 August (52,050) and 18 August (55,079).

India is showing a trend of declining average daily cases over the past five weeks. After a month, on 9 October, active cases fell below the 900,000 mark and have steadily followed a downward slope since, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said.

Out of the total cases so far, 838,729 are currently active, 6,227,295 have been discharged, while 109,856 lost the battle against the pandemic.

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While the recovery rate stands at 86.78 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.53 per cent, the data from the Ministry data showed.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 1,535,315 cases including 40,514 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 1,073,014 sample tests in a single day on Monday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 88,945,107.