India reports 1.52 lakh new COVID-19 cases; lowest tally in 50 days, says Centre
The Union health ministry added that the daily positivity rate is currently 9.07 percent. The figure has remained under 10 percent for seven consecutive days
New Delhi: India reported the lowest daily new coronavirus infections in 50 days with 1,52,734 cases, taking India's total tally to 2,80,47,534, while the active caseload further declined to 20,26,092, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.
The death toll climbed to 3,29,100 with 3,128 daily deaths, the data updated at 8 am showed. Recoveries continued to outnumber the daily new cases for the 18th consecutive day.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,56,92,342, with 2,38,022 patients having recovered in a span of 24 hours, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.17 percent, the data stated.
Also, 16,83,135 tests were conducted on Sunday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far in the country to 34,48,66,883, while the daily positivity was recorded at 9.07 percent . It has been less than 10 percent for seven consecutive days, the ministry said.
Weekly positivity rate has declined to 9.04 percent.
The active cases have further reduced to 20,26,092, comprising 7.22 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 91.60 percent.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September.
It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.
India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on 4 May.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 21.31 crore.
A total of 21,31,54,129 doses have been administered through 30,28,295 sessions, according to the provisional report till 7 am on Monday.
The 3,128 new fatalities include 814 from Maharashtra, 493 from Tamil Nadu, 381 from Karnataka, 186 from Kerala, 142 from West Bengal, 138 from Uttar Pradesh and 127 from Punjab.
A total of 3,29,100 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 94,844 from Maharashtra, 28,679 from Karnataka, 24,151 from Delhi, 23,754 from Tamil Nadu, 20,346 from Uttar Pradesh, 15,410 from West Bengal, 14,432 from Punjab and 13,016 from Chhattisgarh.
The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
Addressing a press conference on COVID-19 among children, the NITI Aayog said that though the 2019 SARS coronavirus has not taken a serious shape among children till now, its impact can increase if there is a change in virus behaviour
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Meanwhile, state capital Mumbai reported 866 fresh cases on Saturday pushing the cumulative total to 710,807. Currently, there are as many as 16,135 active cases in the city