India’s COVID-19 case tally rose to 4,29,45,160 with 6,561 people testing positive for the infection in a day while active cases declined to 77,152, according to Union Health Ministry data on Thursday.
The total number of fatalities now stands at 5,14,388 with 142 more people succumbing to the disease, the data updated at 8 am stated.
It was for 25 consecutive days that India recorded less than one lakh daily COVID-19 cases.
Active cases comprise 0.18 per cent of the total infections while the national Covid recovery rate improved to 98.62 per cent, the Health Ministry said.
A reduction of 8,528 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a day.
The daily positivity rate was 0.74 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.99 per cent.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,23,53,620, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.20 per cent.
The cumulative Covid vaccine doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 178.02 crore. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 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 last year and three crore on June 23.
Meanwhile, Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that there is a sharp reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases reported in the country.
Compared with the COVID-19 cases being reported globally, the Union Ministry highlighted that only 0.7 per cent of global cases are reported in India.
Addressing a press conference today, Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said, “There has been a sharp surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in many countries in the world. This notes an increasing trajectory of rising cases on a daily basis. Even today, around 15,00,000 cases are reported daily in the world.”
“Now also across many countries, huge COVID-19 cases are being reported. In some countries, an increase in the trajectory of cases continues. A sharp reduction of COVID-19 cases is observed in India. On average around 11,000 COVID-19 cases are reported on a weekly basis in India. There has been a sharp reduction in the number of cases. Only 0.7 per cent of global cases are reported in India,” he said.
The Health Ministry today highlighted that a positive situation in the number of deaths in India as compared to other countries has been observed.
He said, “There is a positive situation in the number of deaths in India as compared to other countries. From February 2-8, India reported 615 deaths on average. In last week, 144 deaths were reported due to COVID-19. A decline of 76.6 per cent from the peak of what India has seen.”
The Health Ministry highlighted that Kerala, Maharashtra, Mizoram account for 50 per cent of active cases in the country.
“Only a single state is having active cases over 10,000 and two states are having active cases between 5,000 to 10,000. The remaining states have less than 5,000 active cases. Kerala, Maharashtra, Mizoram accounts for 50 per cent of active cases of the country,” he said.