India reported 41,831 new coronavirus infections and 541 fatalities in the last 24 hours. With the latest addition, the country’s cumulative Covid caseload rose to 3,16,55,824 while the death toll surged to 4,24,351.
The national Covid recovery rate stands at 97.36 per cent with as many as 39,258 people recovering from the disease on Saturday.
According to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am today, the national active caseload rose to 4,10,952 on Saturday. The active cases reported an increase for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday and at the moment they comprise 1.30 per cent of the total infections.
Further, 17,89,472 tests were conducted on Saturday, taking the cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of Covid-19 in the country to 46,82,16,510, while the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.34 per cent .
Weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.42 per cent, according to the health ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,08,20,521, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 per cent, the data stated.
Cumulative vaccine doses administered so far has reached 47.02 crore under the nationwide vaccination drive.
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 3 crore on June 23.
The 541 new fatalities include 225 from Maharashtra and 80 from Kerala and 68 from Odisha.
A total of 4,24,351 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,32,791 from Maharashtra, 36,562 from Karnataka, 34,076 from Tamil Nadu, 25,053 from Delhi, 22,756 from Uttar Pradesh, 18,136 from West Bengal and 16,293 from Punjab.
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 PTI inputs)