New Delhi: India conducted 14,69,984 Covid-19 tests in the last 24 hours and this is the second-highest number of tests ever conducted in a single day since the pandemic began.
This scaling up of testing pulled the test positivity rate down to a four-month low of 3.7 per cent.
The number of active Covid cases in India continues to decline and has now fallen below 7.2 lakh. The country now has 7,15,812 active cases, which is 24,278 fewer than yesterday. This accounts for 9.29 per cent of the total Covid cases detected in the country so far.
Number of deaths
After two consecutive increases in the number of daily deaths, India reported 702 deaths Thursday. This is slightly lower than the 717 deaths recorded Wednesday, and has brought the total death toll to 1,16,616.
Punjab’s case fatality rate at 3.15 is still the highest in the country, while Maharashtra and Gujarat also continue to report high CFR. Maharashtra’s CFR is about 2.64 and Gujarat’s CFR stands at 2.25.
Despite having the third-highest burden of active cases, Kerala has a very low CFR of 0.34. The overall CFR for India is 1.51.
Across 1,121 government laboratories and 855 private laboratories in the country, 14,69,984 Covid-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The only other time the daily test number went higher than this was in September, when 14,92,409 tests were conducted in 24 hours.
The total number of tests conducted in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is now 9,86,70,363.
For the second time this week, the test positivity rate fell to a new record low. The TPR had fallen to 4.5 per cent Tuesday. As of Thursday, the test positivity rate is 3.7 per cent — the lowest since June.
The overall TPR, calculated since the beginning of the pandemic, is about 7.8 per cent.
As many as 79,415 Covid-19 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of coronavirus recoveries in India to 68,74,518, which is the highest in the world.
India’s recovery rate now stands at 89.20 per cent — a slight increase from 88.81 per cent yesterday.
As many as 55,839 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in India to 77,06,946, second only to the US.
In Maharashtra, a total of 16,17,658 Covid-19 cases have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these, 1,59,346 cases are now active.
In the last 24 hours, the state saw 8,142 new Covid-19 cases and 180 deaths. The state has the highest death toll in the country. As many as 42,633 people have died in Maharashtra, which accounts for more than a third (38.2 percent) of the total deaths in the country.
Karnataka has registered 7,82,773 cases of Covid-19 so far, and 1,00,459 of them are currently active cases.
In the last 24 hours, 5,872 people have tested positive in the state and as many as 88 people have died, bringing the states death toll to 10,696.
Tamil Nadu recorded 3,086 fresh Covid-19 cases and 39 deaths in the past 24 hours. In total, 6,97,116 patients have been confirmed in the state so far. Of these, 35,480 are active cases while 10,780 people have died from the infection.
Andhra Pradesh has a total of 32,376 active Covid cases as of Thursday. In the last 24 hours, 3,746 people in the state have tested positive, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 7,93,299.
As many as 27 people have died from Covid in the state in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 6,508.
Uttar Pradesh has reported a total of 4,61,475 Covid cases over the course of the pandemic, of which 2,321 people tested positive in the last 24 hours.
The state’s active case load stands at 29,364. In the past 24 hours, 41 people succumbed to the infection, taking the state’s death toll to 6,755.
Tests and positive cases
In the last 24 hours, Maharashtra’s test positivity rate stands at 10.6, a marginal decrease from yesterday’s 10.7 per cent.
A TPR of above 10 per cent indicates that the state is not conducting enough tests.
Uttar Pradesh continues to have the lowest TPR among the high-burden states at 1.6 per cent.