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India logs 31,222 fresh cases, active cases drop below 4 lakh

The death toll has climbed to 4,41,042 with 290 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am

India logs 31,222 fresh cases, active cases drop below 4 lakh
A health worker collects swab samples from slum street children for Covid testing in Kolkata

New Delhi

India logged 31,222 fresh cases of coronavirusinfection taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,30,58,843, while theactive cases were recorded below four lakh, according to the Union HealthMinistry data updated on Tuesday.

The death toll has climbed to 4,41,042 with 290 fresh fatalities, according tothe data updated at 8 am. The case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 per cent.The active cases have declined to 3,92,864 comprising 1.19 per cent of thetotal infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at97.48 per cent, the ministry said.

A decrease of 12,010 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload ina span of 24 hours. As many as 15,26,056 tests were conducted on Monday takingthe total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in thecountry to 53,31,89,348.

The daily positivity rate was recorded as 2.05 per cent. It has been less thanthree per cent for last eight days while the weekly positivity rate wasrecorded at 2.56 per cent. It has been below three per cent for the last 74days, the ministry said.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,22,24,937.With more than 1.13 crore vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hours, thecumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwidevaccination drive has reached 69.90 crore according to the ministry.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakhon August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29,90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June23. The 290 new fatalities include 135 from Kerala, and 37 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,41,042 deaths have been reported so far in the country including1,37,811 from Maharashtra, 37,426 from Karnataka, 35,036 from Tamil Nadu,25,082 from Delhi, 22,861 from Uttar Pradesh, 21,631 from Kerala and 18,515from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due tocomorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of MedicalResearch," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wisedistribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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