As many as 84,332 new COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the last 24 hours, marking the lowest single-day rise in 70 days. Further, India reported 4,002 new deaths due to the coronavirus, taking the death toll to 3,67,081. Active coronavirus cases in India stand at 10,80,690, while the total recoveries have reached 2,79,11,384.
India’s test positivity rate (positive cases identified for every 100 tests) continues to decline. It stands at 4.39 per cent, the fifth straight day that it is below the 5 per cent-mark.
The number of active cases further declined to 10,80,690 accounting for 3.68 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.07 per cent, according to the government.
The country, however, continues to report a high number of virus-related deaths with 4,002 fatalities being reported in the last 24 hours. The rise has been attributed to the backlog of cases from states like Maharashtra, which alone has reported 2,213 deaths.
Tamil Nadu contributed 15,759 cases to the country’s daily numbers. It was followed by neighbouring Kerala (14,233 cases) and Karnataka (8,249 cases).
Maharashtra, the worst-hit state by the pandemic, reported 11,766 cases, taking its overall tally to 58.87 lakh. The western state reported 2,617 virus-related deaths (2,213 backlog cases) in the last 24 hours.
The state government is considering introducing some relaxations in Pune, which has seen a drop in positivity rate, reports said. The city is currently placed in the level 2 category.
Delhi on Friday reported 238 new cases of COVID-19 and 504 recoveries, taking the total number of active cases in the city below 4,000. The national capital also recorded 24 deaths – the lowest since April 8. The positivity rate also saw a significant decline and stood at 0.31%, the lowest in over three months (after March 7).
Last month the government extended the gap between doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine (manufactured and sold in India as Covishield) to 12-16 weeks – from the existing six-eight weeks.
Extending intervals between vaccine doses could leave people vulnerable to infection by one of the Covid variants in circulation, Dr Anthony Fauci, the medical advisor to the United States President, told media Friday.
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.