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India records 19,740 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, lowest number of active cases in the country in 206 days

By PTI

NEW DELHI: India witnessed a single-day rise in 19,740 COVID-19 infections, taking the country’s total number of cases to 3,39,35,309, while the number of active cases declined to 2,36,643, the lowest in 206 days. Is. According to the data of the Union Health Ministry updated on Saturday.

The death toll has risen to 4,50,375 with 248 more deaths, data updated at 8 am. The cumulative dose administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign has exceeded 94 crore, the Health Ministry said.

The daily increase in new coronavirus cases has been below 30,000 for 15 consecutive days, it said. Active cases have come down to 2,36,643 and comprise 0.70 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March last year.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.98 per cent, the highest since March last year, the ministry said. The data said the active COVID-19 caseload decreased by 3,578 cases in a 24-hour period.

The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 1.56 percent. This is less than three per cent for the last 40 days, it said, adding that the weekly positivity rate has been recorded at 1.62 per cent. According to the Health Ministry, it has been below three percent for the last 106 days.

It said that the number of people cured of the disease has risen to 3,32,48,291, while the case fatality rate has been recorded at 1.33 per cent. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed 20 lakh on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16 last year.

It had crossed 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and one crore on 19 December last year. India crossed two crore cases on May 4 and three crore cases on June 23.

The ministry said that among the 248 new people, 120 are from Kerala and 59 from Maharashtra.

It said that a total of 4,50,375 deaths have been reported in the country so far, including 1,39,470 from Maharashtra, 37,866 from Karnataka, 35,754 from Tamil Nadu, 26,072 from Kerala, 25,088 from Delhi, 22,896 from Uttar Pradesh and 18,882. West Bengal.

The health ministry said that over 70 per cent of the deaths were due to co-morbidities. “Our data is being collated with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website. State wise distribution of data is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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