NEW DELHI :
Dips below 1 lakh after over 2 months
INDIA reported less than one lakh new coronavirus infections after a gap of 63 days, while the daily positivity rate dropped to 4.62 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. A single day rise of 86,498 cases were registered, the lowest in 66 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,89,96,473. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,51,309 with 2,123 daily deaths, the lowest in 47 days. A total of 81,466 new cases were recorded in a span of 24 hours on April 2.
The Government on Tuesday stressed on avoiding large gatherings for a couple of months and following COVID-19-appropriate behaviour to avert any future wave, even as it noted that there has been a continued and sharp decline in daily new coronavirus cases in the country. In a joint press briefing on the pandemic situation, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said almost 79 per cent decline in daily new COVID-19 cases has been noted since the peak on May 7. There has been a continued and sharp decline in daily new cases, he said on the second wave of COVID-19. On May 7, the country saw a record 4,14,188 new coronavirus infections.
Agarwal said India has reported 20,822 coronavirus cases and 252 deaths per million population, which is among the lowest in the world. Also, 18,73,485 tests were conducted on Monday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 36,82,07,596. The daily positivity rate has dropped to 4.62 per cent. It has been less than 10 per cent for 15 consecutive days.
The weekly positivity rate has declined to 5.94 per cent. The active cases reduced to 13,03,702 comprising 4.50 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.29 per cent. A net decline of 97,907 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 26th consecutive day. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,73,41,462 while the case fatality rate stands at 1.21 per cent, the data stated. Cumulatively, 23,61,98,726 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nation-wide vaccination drive.