India reported 1,27,510 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday. This is the lowest one-day rise in fresh coronavirus infection tally in 54 days, signaling a downslide in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc in the country.
The results came from a sample of 19,25,374 tested yesterday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.
The Covid-19 death toll climbed to 3,31,895 with 2,795 fresh fatalities, the lowest reported in 35 days, and the active cases were recorded below 20 lakh after 43 days, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Also, 19,25,374 tests were conducted on Monday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of Covid-19 in the country to 34,67,92,257.
The daily positivity was recorded at 6.62 per cent . It has been less than 10 per cent for eight consecutive days, the ministry said. The weekly positivity rate has declined to 8.64 per cent.
The active cases were recorded below 20 lakh after 43 days. They have reduced to 18,95,520 comprising 6.73 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19recovery rate has improved to 92.09 per cent.
A net decline of 1,30,572 cases has been recorded in the Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for 19 successive days. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,59,47,629, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.18 per cent, the data stated.
India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4.
The 2,795 new fatalities include 500 from Maharashtra, 478 from Tamil Nadu, 411 from Karnataka, 174 from Kerala, 151 from Uttar Pradesh, 131 from West Bengal, and 118 from Punjab.
A total of 3,31,895 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 95,344 from Maharashtra, 29,090 from Karnataka, 24,237 from Delhi, 24,232 from Tamil Nadu, 20,497 from Uttar Pradesh, 15,541 from West Bengal, 14,550 from Punjab and 13,048 from Chhattisgarh.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent 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.
With just 648 new Covid-19 cases, Delhi’s positivity rate on Monday dipped below 1% for the first time in 74 days. This is the second day that the daily deaths in the city remained below 100. On April 12, daily fatalities were recorded at 72. Meanwhile, in the week ending with Sunday, nationwide fatalities dipped by 17%, the first decline in 12 weeks, even as the daily death toll dropped below 3,000 after 34 days.
Two children in rural Karnataka were found infected with Mucormycosis, commonly known as a black fungus. An 11-year-old girl from Ballari district and a 14-year-old boy from Chitradurga district have been infected with the fungal disease. Both are undergoing treatment at government hospitals here and their condition is said to be serious. They had contracted Covid-19 but were not aware of it, a health official said adding they were admitted to the hospital after they developed complications.