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New coronavirus cases in India drop to lowest in one month, logs 83,876 fresh Covid cases, 895 more deaths

India was hit by a devastating second wave in April-May last year. The country's death toll had crossed three lakh-mark on May 23 and two lakh-mark on April 27. (HT_PRINT)Premium
India was hit by a devastating second wave in April-May last year. The country's death toll had crossed three lakh-mark on May 23 and two lakh-mark on April 27. (HT_PRINT)

  • This is the first time in around 32 days that daily cases have dropped below one lakh, while the death toll climbed to 5,02,874 with 895 more fatalities, as per the updated data 

The Health Ministry updated data on Monday reported a sharp decline in Covid-19 cases reported in the country. India on Monday logged 83,876 fresh Covid-19 cases that took its total tally to 4,22,72,014, the updated data revealed.

This is the first time in around 32 days that daily cases have dropped below one lakh. The death toll climbed to 5,02,874 with 895 more fatalities, as per the updated data.

The number of active cases in the country has declined further to 11,08,938, comprising 2.62 per cent of the total infections. The national Covid-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.19 per cent, the ministry said.

A reduction of 1,16,073 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 7.25 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 9.18 per cent, the ministry said.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,06,60,202. The case fatality rate stands at 1.19 per cent, it said. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive have exceeded 169.63 crore.

The 895 new fatalities include 515 from Kerala and 66 from Maharashtra. So far, 5,02,874 deaths have been reported in the country, including 1,43,074 from Maharashtra, 58,255 from Kerala, 39,347 from Karnataka, 37,759 from Tamil Nadu, 25,983 from Delhi, 23,318 from Uttar Pradesh and 20,823 from West Bengal.

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.

Meanwhile, India crossed the grim milestone of 5 lakh Covid-19 deaths on February 3, becoming the third country in the world to do so after the US and Brazil.

The country took 217 days to reach 5 lakh deaths from 4 lakh recorded on July 1 last year, the longest time taken to record 1 lakh fatalities.

India was hit by a devastating second wave in April-May last year. The country's death toll had crossed three lakh-mark on May 23 and two lakh-mark on April 27.

The death toll went past one lakh on October 2, 2020. The total deaths has climbed to 5,00,055 with 1,072 daily fatalities, Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am stated.

With over 9.2 lakh deaths, US has the highest number of fatalities due to the infection followed by Brazil with over 6.3 lakh, according to the Worldometers, which has been compiling global Covid-19 data.

India presently is facing a third wave of Covid driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. However, according to experts, cases are mostly mild this in comparison to the second wave.

The government on Thursday said the pandemic situation has improved and even though there are states and districts of concern, overall there is a contraction in the spread of Covid-19 infection.

At a press conference, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal, said 34 states and Union territories, including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gujarat are recording a decline in cases and positivity week-on-week basis, while Kerala and Mizoram still remain two states of concern.

There has been a consistent decline in daily Covid-19 cases, daily active cases and daily positivity rate, indicating decreased spread of the infection.

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