India reported 16,906 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of coronavirus to 4,36,69,850. The death count climbed to 5,25,519 with 45 new fatalities in the last 24 hours.
The active cases increased to 1,32,457, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The active cases comprise 0.30 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.50 per cent, the ministry said.
An increase of 1,414 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
15,447 recoveries in the last 24 hours increase the total recoveries to 4,30,11,874. 86.77 crore total tests conducted so far; 4,59,302 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.
Odisha reported a Covid-19 death on Tuesday after a gap of over two months, as a 78-year-old man succumbed to the disease in Bhubaneswar, taking the toll to 9,127, the health department said in a bulletin.
Meanwhile, a health official in Telangana said that Covid-19 had reached “endemic stage”. The official clarified that Covid had not yet come to an end and urged people to continue wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing. State Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said there was no need to fear coronavirus and added that it could be said it has become like a seasonal disease.
The Manipur government has ordered closure of all schools till next week due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases.
In an official order issued on Tuesday, Schools Education Commissioner H Gyan Prakash said the test positivity ratio was over 15 per cent in the state.
All schools – government, state-aided, private schools affiliated to other boards — will be closed with immediate effect till July 24 in public interest, the order stated. Many schools were scheduled to reopen after the summer vacation on July 16, it said.