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Covid Testing Increased By 2.6 Times, Steady Decline In Daily Cases Since Last 17 Days: Centre

While the cumulative national Covid positivity rate dropped to 8.09 per cent, the weekly positivity rate declined to 12.66 per cent, Union health ministry officials said

Covid Testing Increased By 2.6 Times, Steady Decline In Daily Cases Since Last 17 Days: Centre
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test at Medical square in Nagpur. | PTI
Covid Testing Increased By 2.6 Times, Steady Decline In Daily Cases Since Last 17 Days: Centre
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2021-05-24T17:55:31+05:30

Amid the second Covid wave ebbing in most parts of the country, the national Covid recovery rate rose to 88.69 per cent while the number of recoveries surpassed the number of new infections for the 11th consecutive day on Sunday, Union health ministry officials said today.

While the cumulative national Covid positivity rate dropped to 8.09 per cent, the weekly positivity rate declined to 12.66 per cent, health ministry official said during a press meet today.

They further stated that the number of daily infections has steadily declined during the last 17 days.

The officials also said that there has been 2.6 times increase in the number of Covid tests done in the past 15 weeks in the country along with a steady dip in the weekly positivity rate reported in the last two weeks.

Talking about the effect of the pandemic on children and young people, AIIMS, Delhi director Randeep Guleria noted, “Children suffered collateral damage due to mental stress, smartphone addiction and education challenges amid the ongoing pandemic.”

The ministry added that there is no indication as of now that children will be severely affected in the third wave of Covid-19.

India's Covid-19 active caseload has decreased since its last peak on May 10.

The active cases have declined to 27,20,716 with a net decline of 84,683 cases being witnessed in a span of 24 hours. It now comprises 10.17 per cent of the country's total infections.

Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Odisha cumulatively account for 71.62 per cent of India's total active cases.

A total of 19,28,127 tests were conducted in a span of 24 hours in the country and cumulatively 33,05,36,064 tests have been done so far. The cumulative positivity rate stands at 8.09 per cent today.

A total of 3,02,544 patients have recuperated in a span of 24 hours taking India's cumulative recoveries to 2,37,28,011. The National Recovery Rate has grown further to touch 88.69 per cent.

Ten states account for 72.23 per cent of the new recoveries.

India has recorded less than 3 lakh daily new cases for the eight consecutive days now. The gap between daily new cases and daily recovered cases has reduced to 80,229.

Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Rajastha, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh reported 81.08 per cent of the 2,22,315 new cases registered in a span of 24 hours.

Tamil Nadu has reported the highest daily new cases at 35,483, followed by Maharashtra with 26,672 new cases.

The National Mortality Rate has increased to 1.14 per cent.

Ten states account for 79.52 per cent of the new 4,454 deaths in a span of 24 hours. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (1,320). Karnataka follows with 624 daily deaths.

Eighteen states and UTs have a Case Fatality Rate less than the national average (1.14%), while 18 states and UTs have a Case Fatality Rate more than the national average.

(With PTI inputs)

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