New Delhi: Active coronavirus cases stood at 8,93,592 Friday, a month after India breached the nine-lakh mark. With an R value below 1 for three consecutive weeks, India has been seeing a continuous trend of declining active cases for over two weeks.
The test positivity rate has been fluctuating this week, between 5.6 and 7.5.
The R value — which indicates the number of people one patient can infect — has reduced marginally from 0.97 to 0.95 this week. This is the third week that R for India has remained below 1.
The number of active cases in India has fallen below the nine-lakh mark, for the first time since 9 September. The number of active cases in India has been steadily decreasing for over two weeks. The total number of active cases was 8,93,592 Friday.
Number of deaths
In the last 24 hours, India has registered 964 Covid deaths. The total number of reported deaths from Covid-19 in India now stands at 1,06,490.
Punjab continues to report the highest case fatality rate (CFR) in the country — 3.07. Maharashtra and Gujarat are also reporting high CFR — 2.64 and 2.39 respectively. Kerala, meanwhile, which has the third highest number of active cases, has a very low CFR of 0.36. The overall CFR for India is about 1.54 now.
A total of 11,68,705 tests were done in the 1,101 government and 768 private labs across the country in the past 24 hours. The total number of tests done till date stands at 8,46,34,680.
The test positivity rate decreased to 6 per cent in the last 24 hours. On Thursday, the test positivity rate was 6.5 per cent.
A total of 78,365 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours, which brings the recovery rate to about 85.52 per cent — a slight increase from 85.25 per cent Thursday. As many as 59,06,069 Covid-19 patients have recovered from the infection in India over the course of the pandemic — which is the highest in the world.
India, so far, has had a total of 69,06,151 Covid-19 cases. A total of 70,496 new confirmed cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in the country, which is 8,028 fewer cases than Thursday.
In Maharashtra, total Covid-19 cases stand at 14,93,884, with 13,395 new cases added in the last 24 hours. The state has seen 39,430 deaths from Covid-19 so far, with 358 deaths in the last 24 hours. It has the highest number of active cases — 2,42,438.
Karnataka has the second highest burden of active cases. Over the last 24 hours, the state saw 10,704 fresh cases, bringing the total number of cases to 6,79,356. Of these, 1,17,162 are active cases. As many as 101 people have died from Covid in the state in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 9,675.
Tamil Nadu has 44,437 active Covid-19 cases, with 5,088 new cases in the last 24 hours. As many as 68 people died due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu so far is 6,40,943, and the death toll is 10,052 .
Andhra Pradesh reported 5,292 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 7,39,719. With 42 Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, the state’s death toll now stands at 6,128.
Uttar Pradesh reported 3,376 new cases and 45 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state currently has 42,552 active cases, while the total number of confirmed cases so far stands at 4,27,459. The state’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 6,245.
Tests and positive cases
Maharashtra’s test positivity rate was about 16 per cent Friday, a slight dip from 18 per cent Thursday. This is worrying because the state has the highest number of active cases, and a test positivity rate above 10 per cent indicates that not enough tests are being conducted here.
On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh conducted over 1.67 lakh tests and reported 3,376 positive cases — which brought its test positivity rate to just over 2 per cent.