Covid-19: India records 44,111 new cases and 738 deaths

New Delhi: With 44,111 fresh infections, India’s Coronavirus caseload rose to 3,05,02,362 today.

According to Union Health Ministry data updated this morning, the country’s Covid-19 death toll climbed to 4,01,050 with 738 new fatalities.

The active cases – 4,95,533 – were recorded below five lakh after 97 days and comprised 1.62 percent of the total infections. The national Covid-19 recovery rate improved to 97.06 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Also, 18,76,036 tests were conducted on Thursday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of Covid-19 in the country to 41,64,16,463.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.35 percent. It has been less than 5 percent for 26 consecutive days, the Ministry said.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,96,05,779, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.31 percent, the data stated.

Cumulative vaccine doses administered so far has reached 34.46 crore under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive, it said.

India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

The country crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore cases on 4 May and 3 crore on 23 June.


NT Bureau