New Delhi: With a spike of 55,722 new COVID-19 cases and 579 deaths in last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 count crossed the 75 lakh-mark on Monday.  The number of recoveries, on the other hand, surpassed 66-lakh mark after 66,399 people recuperated from the disease in a day. Also Read - Coronavirus Vaccine Likely to Reach Cold Storage Points in Delhi by December End

Of the total 75,50,273 cases, 7,72,055 are active. Notably, the active cases of coronavirus infection remained below 8 lakh for the third consecutive day. Meanwhile, the death toll has soared to 1,14, 610 after 579 people succumbed to the infection. Also Read - This Antiviral Drug May Block COVID Virus Within 24 Hours, Claims Study

This comes a day after a government-appointed committee of doctors and scientists on Sunday warned of a rapid surge of 26 lakh Coronavirus cases within a month if people show laxity in following COVID-19 protocol during the upcoming festive season and winter days. Also Read - Italy Imposes Ban on Christmas Midnight Mass And Travel Between Regions

The cases can go “up to 26 lakh cases within a month”, the panel asserted. The 10-member panel led by Niti Aayog Member V K Paul also said that the possibility of a second wave of infections in the winter season can’t be ruled out even as he acknowledged that the cases have gone down in the last three weeks.

Here are the key developments:

The national recovery rate has improved to 88.26 per cent while the case fatality rate due COVID-19 stands at 1.52 per cent.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 deaths and new cases again nosedived on Sunday, but the state’s toll crossed the 42,000-mark even as the recovery rate remained high. The state witnessed 150 deaths on Sunday, taking the toll to 42,115, while 9,060 new cases took the tally to 15,95,381 cases.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,50,83,976 samples have been tested up to October 18 with 8,59,786 samples being tested on Sunday.

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 39.8 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 1,112,530.

The US remains the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 8,152,093 and 219,669, respectively.