India records 36,083 new cases of infection, 493 deaths


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India recorded a one-day increase of 36,083 new coronavirus infections, bringing their total to 3,21,92,576, while the number of deaths rose to 4,31,225 from 493 fresh deaths, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health updated on Sunday.

The number of active cases dropped to 3.85,336 and accounted for 1.20 percent of total infections.

The national recovery rate from COVID-19 was recorded at 97.46 percent, data updated at 8 p.m.

A reduction of 2,337 cases of active coronavirus infections over a 24-hour period was reported, it said.

The ministry said less than 50,000 new cases a day were reported for forty-nine consecutive days.

As many as 19,23,863 tests were conducted on Saturday, bringing the total cumulative test so far to detect COVID-19 in the country at 49,36,24,440. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.88 percent. That’s been less than 3 percent in the last 20 days.

The weekly positivity rate was at 2 percent, according to the health ministry.

The number of people recovering from the disease rose to 3,13,76,015, while the death rate was 1.34 percent, the data said.

A total of 73.50,553 doses of vaccine were administered in the last 24 hours. Cumulatively, by Sunday morning, 54.38 crore doses of the vaccine against COVID-19 had been administered as part of the entire national vaccination campaign, the ministry said.

The Indian number COVID-19 crossed the mark of 20 lakh on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It crossed 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and exceeded the one crore mark on 19 December.

The country crossed a gloomy milestone of two kuna cases on May 4 and three cases on June 23 round.

The 493 new deaths include 179 from Maharashtra and 105 from Kerala, the data said.

A total of 4,31,225 deaths have been reported in the country so far, including 1.34, 909 from Maharashtra, 36,958 from Karnataka, 34,496 from Tamil Nadu, 25,069 from Delhi, 22,783 from Uttar Pradesh, 18,499 from Kerala and 18,291 from West Bengal.

The Ministry of Health pointed out that more than 70 percent of deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are aligned with the Indian Medical Research Council,” the ministry said on its website, adding that the state’s data distribution is subject to further verification and harmonization.

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