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India’s COVID-19 caseload surpassed the 80-lakh mark on Thursday with 49,881 new cases, while the recoveries have surged to 73.15 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 90.99 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 80,40,203 and the death toll climbed to 1,20,527 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 517 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country.

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The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.49 per cent.

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There are 603687 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 7.5 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

With festive season round the corner, the unprecedented spike has raised concerns, especially when the national covid tally has shown a steady decline.

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Delhi on Wednesday reported over 5,000 covid-19 cases in a day for the first time since the coronavirus stuck the country. The national capital is battling the third wave of infections.