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Covid-19: Active cases fall below 8L for first time in 45 days

IndiaTimes Saturday, 17 October 2020 ()
India’s active Covid-19 caseload continues to show a downward trend as it fell below 8 lakh for the first time in one-and-a-half months on Friday, helped by declining number of new cases and improved rate of recovery though the surge in numbers in states like Kerala, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh are a cause for concern.
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