India reported a sharp decline in the number of daily Covid-19 infections on Tuesday. The country logged 30,449 new Covid-19 cases and 422 fatalities in the last 24 hours. Tuesday’s caseload is 24 per cent lower than yesterday’s.
With the latest addition, the country’s cumulative Covid caseload rose to 3.17 crore while the death toll surged to 4.25 lakh.
Further, the national active Covid caseload witnessed a decline after six days as the number of active cases reduced to 4,04,958. According to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am today, the active caseload comprises 1.28 per cent of the total infections. A decrease of 8,760 cases was recorded in the country’s active caseload during the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the national Covid-19 recovery rate increased to 97.38 per cent on Tuesday. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.85 per cent. The weekly positivity rate stood at 2.39 per cent, according to the ministry.
As many as 16,49,295 Covid-19 tests were conducted on Sunday, taking the total number of tests conducted so far in the country to 47,12,94,789.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,08,96,354 while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 per cent, the data stated.
The total number of Covid vaccine doses administered so far as part of the nationwide vaccination drive has reached 47.85 crore.
India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 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.
The caseload crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4 and 3 crore on June 23.
The 422 new fatalities include 118 from Kerala and 90 from Maharashtra, the data stated.
So far, 4,25,195 deaths have been recorded in the country, including 1,33,038 from Maharashtra, 36,612 from Karnataka, 34,130 from Tamil Nadu, 25,054 from Delhi, 22,763 from Uttar Pradesh, 18,161 from West Bengal and 16,294 from Punjab.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
(With PTI inputs)