New Delhi, Oct. 22 -- While the national case fatality rate for covid-19 dropped to 1.51% on Wednesday, the Centre urged states and Union territories to further bring it down to below 1%.

India recorded 717 deaths in the past 24 hours, to take the total number of covid fatalities to 116,467. According to the Union health ministry, 82% of the deaths reported on Wednesday were from 10 states and UTs, with Maharashtra alone accounting for 29% with 213 deaths, followed by Karnataka with 66 fatalities.

At least 54,044 fresh covid cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours, taking the total count to 7,668,690. The government said 78% of the cases were from the 10 states/UTs, with Maharashtra recording over 8,000 new cases. Karnataka and Kerala...