India reports 54,044 fresh coronavirus cases, tally over 76 lakh

India reports 54,044 fresh coronavirus cases, tally over 76 lakh

India reported a spike of 54,044 new coronavirus cases long with 717 new deaths, according to the Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday morning. With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in India now stands at 76,51,108 and the death toll has reached 1,15,914.

India also witnessed a dip of 8448 in its active cases in the last 24 hours. As of Wednesday morning, there are 7,40,090 active cases of coronavirus in India.

For the fifth consecutive day, the active cases of coronavirus remained below 8 lakh in India.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,72,00,379 samples have been tested up to October 20 with 10,83,608 samples being tested on Tuesday, as reported by news agency PTI.

However, a top ICMR official on Tuesday warned that a person may get reinfected with Covid-19 if the antibodies against the infection diminish in the body in five months' time after recovery.

"We are looking at the data as to how many people got infected, then turned negative and then tested positive again," PTI quoted ICMR Director General Balaram Bhargava.