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India's Covid tally rose to 3,44,56,401 with 8,865 more people testing positive for coronavirus, while the active cases have declined to 1,30,793, the lowest in 525 days, according to the Union Health Ministry's data updated on Tuesday.

The death toll reached 4,63,852 after 197 new fatalities were reported, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 39 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 142 consecutive days now.

The active cases have declined to 1,30, 793 comprising 0.38 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.27 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the Health Ministry said.

A decrease of 3,303 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.80 per cent. It has been less than 2 per cent for the last 43 days.

The weekly positivity rate was also recorded at 0.97 per cent. It has been below 2 per cent for the last 53 days, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,38,61,756, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.35 per cent.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 112.97 crore.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh-mark on August 7, 2020, 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.

India had crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

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