Country’s active COVID-19 cases lowest in 206 days, Health News, ET HealthWorld

India saw a single-day increase of 19,740 COVID-19 infections, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 3,339 35,309, while the number of active cases declined to 2,36,643, the most low in 206 days, according to Union Health Department data updates Saturday.

The death toll rose to 4 50,375 with an additional 248 deaths, according to data updated at 8 a.m.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far as part of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign have exceeded 94 crore, the health ministry said.

The daily increase in new coronavirus cases has been less than 30,000 for 15 consecutive days, he said.

Active cases fell to 2,36,643 and represent 0.70% of total infections, the lowest since March of last year. The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.98%, the highest since March of last year, the ministry said.

There has been a decrease of 3,578 cases in the number of active COVID-19 cases within 24 hours, the data shows.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.56 percent. It has been below 3% in the past 40 days, he said.

The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 1.62%. It has been below 3% in the past 106 days, according to the Department of Health.

The number of people who have recovered from the disease rose to 3,332,481,291, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33%, he said.

India’s COVID-19 count crossed 20 lakhs on August 7 of last year, 30 lakhs on August 23, 40 lakhs on September 5 and 50 lakhs on September 16 of last year.

It topped 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and crossed the crore mark on December 19 of last year.

India crossed two crore cases on May 4 and three crore cases on June 23.

The 248 new deaths include 120 from Kerala and 59 from Maharashtra, the ministry said.

He said a total of 4,50,375 deaths have been reported to date in the country, 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 from West Bengal.

The Department of Health said more than 70% of deaths were due to co-morbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council for Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that the distribution of figures by states is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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