India records single-day spike of 1.65 lakh COVID-19 cases, lowest in 46 days

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India recorded a single-day rise of 1,65,553 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in 46 days, taking the country’s infection tally to 2,78,94,800, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The daily positivity declined to 8.02 percent, remaining below the 10 percent mark for the sixth consecutive day, while the weekly positivity rate dropped to 9.36 percent.

The death toll due to the disease climbed to 3,25,972 in the country with 3,460 fatalities being recorded in 24 hours.

Also, 20,63,839 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the country on Saturday, taking the total number of Covid tests so far to 34,31,83,748.

The number of active cases has reduced to 21,14,508, comprising 7.58 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 91.25 percent.

The count of the daily new cases is the lowest in 46 days. India had recorded 1,61, 736 infections on April 13.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 2,54,54,320, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.17 percent.

Last year, India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed:

  • August 7 – 20 lakh
  • August 23 – 30 lakh 
  • September 5 – 40 lakh
  • September 16 – 50 lakh
  • September 28 – 60 lakh
  • October 11 – 70 lakh
  • October 29 – 80 lakh
  • November 20 – 90 lakh
  • December 19 – 1 crore

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore infections on May 4 this year.

The 3,460 new fatalities comprise of:

  • Maharashtra – 832
  • Karnataka – 492
  • Tamil Nadu – 486
  • Kerala – 198
  • Uttar Pradesh – 155
  • West Bengal – 148
  • Punjab – 125
  • Delhi – 122
  • Andhra Pradesh – 104

A total of 3,25,972 COVID-19 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including:

  • Maharashtra – 94,030
  • Karnataka – 28,298
  • Delhi – 24,073
  • Tamil Nadu – 23,261
  • Uttar Pradesh – 20,208
  • West Bengal – 15,268
  • Punjab – 14,305
  • Chhattisgarh – 12,979

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to co-morbidities.

“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.

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