New Delhi: India’s covid-19 cases are rising with a worryingly upward trend over the past one week, with the country reporting 16,488 cases in the last 24 hours. With the new development, the total cases have mounted to 1,10,79,97, the Union Health Ministry said.
Along with the rise in the number of cases, positivity rate has also rose to 1.44 per cent. With 12,771 more patients discharging in the last 24-hour, the active cases in country are at 1,59,590, the ministry said.
The number of daily cases are now exceeding the number of recoveries.
Meanwhile, 113 more deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours which have taken the overall fatality toll to 1,56,938, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
In 2021, India had reported lowest cases on February 9 when just 9,110 new cases were reported. Last year, the lowest 9,633 cases were recorded on June 3.
Till now, 1,07,36,451 persons have been discharged. The recovery rate has reduced to 97.14 per cent, a change of 0.3 per cent from the previous day. Meanwhile, the fatality rate remains 1.42 per cent.
Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Karnataka and Gujarat account for 90 per cent of the cases, while six states are responsible for 84.62 per cent of the new deaths, which included Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka.
On Friday, 7,73,918 samples were tested for the infection. The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 21,54,35,383.
So far, 1,42,42,547 doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for ‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’.
India began its vaccination drive against novel coronavirus January 16 with two approved vaccines — Covisheild and Coavaxin. The country is now looking forward to beginning the third phase of the vaccination process that is scheduled to commence from March 1 and will cover 27 crore people above 60 and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres. The cost of dose to be administered by private centres are yet to be decided.