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India records 18,166 new coronavirus infections in last 24 hours; active cases lowest in 208 ...

India records 18,166 new coronavirus infections in last 24 hours; active cases lowest in 208 ...

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The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for 16 straight days.

India records 18,166 new coronavirus infections in last 24 hours; active cases lowest in 208 days

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New Delhi: India logged 18,166 new infections taking the country's total tally of cases to 3,39,53,475, while the active cases declined to 2,30,971, the lowest in 208 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The death toll climbed to 4,50,589 with 214 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new infections has been below 30,000 for 16 straight days.

The active cases comprise 0.68 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national recovery rate was recorded at 97.99 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 5,672 cases has been recorded in the active caseload in a span of 24 hours.

As many as 12,83,212 tests were conducted on Saturday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of in the country to  58,25,95,693 .

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.42 percent. It has been less than three percent for last 41 days. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 1.57 percent. It has been below three per cent  for the last 107 days, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,32,71,915, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 percent.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive has exceeded 94.70 crore.

India's tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 2020, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on 4 May and three crore on 23 June.

The 214 new fatalities include 101 from Kerala, and 44 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,50,589 deaths have been reported so far in the country including

1,39,514 from Maharashtra, 37,875 from Karnataka, 35,768 from Tamil Nadu, 26,173 from Kerala, 25,088 from Delhi, 22,896 from Uttar Pradesh and 18,894 from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 percent 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.

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