New Delhi: New active cases of Covid-19 rose for a second consecutive day in India, along with the test positivity rate. Total active cases, however, continue to decline.
The number of deaths fell to the lowest since 27 July, in the last 24 hours.
The number of total active cases continued to dip, as it has been doing for the past three weeks, bringing the count to 8,12,390 as of Thursday. However, the number of new cases registered per day has increased in the past two days. On Thursday, 67,708 new cases were registered.
Number of deaths
India registered 680 Covid deaths in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest since 27 July — when the number of daily deaths had fallen to 654. The number of deaths per day has been declining for over a week now. However, there was a single-day spike Wednesday with 730 fatalities.
The Covid-19 death toll in India now stands at 1,11,266.
Punjab continues to see a steady increase in the case fatality rate, which increased from about 3.05 last week to 3.12 today. This is concerning since the state has the highest fatality rate in the country. Maharashtra and Gujarat are the two other states that have reported high CFR — 2.63 and 2.32, respectively.
Kerala has a very low CFR of 0.34 — despite having the third-highest burden of active cases in the country. The overall CFR for India is now about 1.52.
In the past 24 hours, 1,101 government and 768 private labs across the country conducted 11,36,183 tests. This brings the total number of tests done till date to 9,12,26,305.
After a four-month low in test positivity rate to 5.1 per cent, recorded two days ago, India saw a TPR of 5.9 per cent in the last 24 hours. The overall test positivity rate, calculated since the beginning of the pandemic, is 8 per cent.
As many as 81,514 Covid-19 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the recovery rate to about 87.05 per cent — which is the same as yesterday.
India has the highest number of Covid-19 recoveries with 63,83,441 patients being discharged since the beginning of the pandemic.
For a second consecutive day, the number of new confirmed cases has increased, with 67,708 people testing positive for Covid in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in India to 73,07,097.
Maharashtra, so far, has recorded 15,54,389 cases of Covid-19, with 10,522 people testing positive in the last 24 hours. As many as 40,859 people have died from Covid-19 in the state so far. Of these, 158 deaths were in the last 24 hours. The state has the highest number of active cases (1,96,761).
In Karnataka, the total number of active cases at present is 1,14,006 and it is the second highest in the country. Over the last 24 hours, the state saw 9,265 fresh cases. This brings the total number of cases detected in the state to 7,35,371. In the last 24 hours, 75 people have died from Covid in the state, which brings the death toll of the state to 10,198.
Tamil Nadu reported 4,462 new infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the active case count to 42,566. As many as 10,423 people have died in the state and of these, 52 died in the last 24 hours. The number of confirmed Covid cases in Tamil Nadu so far is 6,70,392.
In Andhra Pradesh, 7,67,465 patients have tested positive for Covid, so far. Of these, 3,892 people tested positive in the last 24 hours. The state’s death toll stands at 6,319, with 28 Covid deaths in the last 24 hours.
In the last 24 hours, Uttar Pradesh saw 2,778 new cases and 28 deaths. So far, 4,44,711 people have tested positive for Covid-19 over the course of the pandemic, and of these 36,898 are active cases. The state’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 6,507.
Tests and positive cases
The test positivity rate for Maharashtra has increased to 13.6 per cent today. This is concerning, since Maharashtra has the highest burden of active cases and a TPR of above 10 per cent indicates that the state is not conducting enough tests.
Uttar Pradesh’s large scale of testing has reduced its test positivity rate to 1.7 per cent. Over the last 24 hours, over 1.62 lakh tests were conducted in the state, and 2,778 people were found to be Covid positive.