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New Delhi :Where it took 25.5 days in mid-August to double covid cases, now it is 70.4 days, showed the Union Health Ministry data.
Slow growth means sharp fall in daily new cases, taking nearly thrice the time of earlier spread.
The Ministry recorded a spike of 67,708 coronavirus cases and 680 deaths in 24 hours, taking total tally to 73,07,097 cases.
A graph tweeted by the Ministry showed India's doubling rate as 27.7 days on August 18; 32 on August 30; 35.6 on September 17; 51.4 on October 2; and 70.4 on October 14.
As many as 8,12,390 are currently active, 63,83,441 have been discharged, while 1,11,266 lost the battle to the pandemic.
The recovery rate stands at 87.36 per cent, and the fatality rate is 1.52 per cent, the data said.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 15,54,389 cases, alongside 40,859 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
Now Kerala records increasing cases each day, sharing India's huge caseload along with Maharashtra and Karnataka.
India conducted 11,36,183 sample tests in a single day on Wednesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 9,12,26,305, According to ICMR
It was after nearly two months the daily spike had dropped below 60,000 on Tuesday. Active cases have remained below nine lakh for almost a week, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed.
The fatalities have come down below 1,000 for nearly a fortnight now. India had recorded a spike of 97,894 cases on September 17.
This report from IANS has been edited