India on Friday recorded 46,617 fresh cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), registering less than 50,000 infections for five consecutive days, data from the Union health ministry showed. The fresh Covid-19 cases have taken India’s cumulative tally of infections to 30,458,251.
India is now the third country in the world to witness a total of over 4 lakh deaths due to coronavirus after the USA and Brazil. The country’s total death toll stands at 4,00,312 behind the USA’s 6.05 lakh and Brazil’s 5.2 lakh. In the last 24 hours, India also recorded 853 deaths.
The active cases have further declined to 5,09,637, comprising 1.67 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.01 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.
A net decline of 13,620 cases has been recorded in the total number of active COVID-19 cases in a span of 24 hours.
Also, 18,80,026 tests were conducted on Thursday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 41,42,51,520, while the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.48 per cent. It has been less than five per cent for 25 consecutive days, the ministry said.
Weekly positivity rate has declined to 2.57 per cent, according to the health ministry.
Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for 50th consecutive days.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,95,48,302, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.31 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 two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.
With PTI inputs