New Delhi: India recorded the lowest number of daily new cases in the past eight months Tuesday, and also set a new record of test positivity rate falling to 1.3 per cent.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours fell below 100 for the first time since 14 May last year.
India recorded 8,635 new cases of Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest since 1 June, when the country reported 7,724 new coronavirus cases in a single day.
Active cases in India fell to 1,63,353. Kerala and Maharashtra continue to have the highest number of active cases, accounting for over 70 per cent of the currently active cases in the country.
Number of deaths
India recorded a total of 94 Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. This is the first time since 14 May that daily fatalities have fallen below 100.
This brings the total coronavirus death toll, since the beginning of the pandemic, in India to 1,54,486.
Punjab’s case fatality rate (CFR), which is the highest in the country, reduced to 3.23 per cent. Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s CFR is the second highest at 2.51 per cent. Sikkim’s fatality rate has increased to 2.21 per cent. The overall fatality rate for India has reduced to 1.43 per cent.
In the last 24 hours, 6,59,422 Covid-19 tests were carried out across 1,214 government laboratories and 1,147 private laboratories.
A total of 19,77,52,057 Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The daily test positivity rate for India, in the last 24 hours, stood at 1.3 per cent — which is the lowest since ThePrint started tracking the metric in June.
The overall positivity, calculated since the beginning of the pandemic, is 5.4 per cent.
A total of 39.50 lakh healthcare workers have been vaccinated so far in India. According to the health ministry, India is the fastest country to reach the three million-mark in Covid-19 vaccination.
As many as 13,423 Covid-19 patients were discharged from across India in the past 24 hours. This brings the total number of recoveries, since the beginning of the pandemic, to 1,04,48,406.
As many as 1,07,66,245 people in India have been infected with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The largest number of cases so far have been reported from Maharashtra, followed by Karnataka and Kerala.
States with the highest active cases
Kerala, the state with the highest number of active Covid-19 cases, saw a decline in the active cases to 69,456 Tuesday. In the last 24 hours, 3,459 new Covid-19 cases were reported from the state.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state to 9,32,637. As many as 3,760 people have died due to Covid-19 in the state, with 17 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
Maharashtra’s active case count fell to 44,944 Tuesday. With 1,948 new cases of Covid-19 reported from the state in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases detected from the state now stands at 20,28,347.
Of these, as many as 51,109 people have died, with 27 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Karnataka’s active case count reduced to 5,963 after recording a small rise Monday. In the last 24 hours, the state reported 388 new cases of Covid-19. This brings the total infections detected in the state to 9,39,775.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 12,220 people have died of Covid-19, with three deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
West Bengal reported 179 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections detected from the state to 5,70,177. Of these, 5,420 cases are active.
A total of 10,179 people in the state have lost their lives to Covid-19, with six deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
In Uttar Pradesh, active cases declined further to 5,303, with 171 new cases of Covid-19 detected in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of cases in the state so far to 6,00,470. Of this, 8,662 people have died, with four deaths reported in the last 24 hours.