Covid-19: India reports 20,408 new cases, 44 deaths; active cases drop by 604 in 24 hours

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India registered an increase of 20,408 new coronavirus infections in one day, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in India to 4.40.00,138 while the number of active cases fell to 1,43,384, the health ministry said on Saturday.

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The death toll has risen to 5,26,312 with 44 new fatalities, according to data the government updated at 8am.

Active cases comprise 0.33 percent of total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.48 percent, the health ministry said.

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A decrease of 604 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a 24-hour time frame.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 5.05 percent. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 4.92 percent, according to the Ministry of Health.

The number of people who recovered from the infection rose to 4,33,30,442, and the death rate was recorded at 1.20 percent.

According to the ministry, 203.94 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country so far as part of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

The number of COVID-19 in India had crossed the 20 lakh mark on August 7, 2020 and the one crore mark on December 19.

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India reached the grim milestone of two crore on May 4, 2021, three crore on June 23, and four crore on January 25 this year.

The 44 new fatalities are six each from Maharashtra and West Bengal, four each from Haryana and Karnataka, three each from Gujarat, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, two each from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Madhya Pradesh and one each from Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha and Sikkim.

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So far, a total of 5,26,312 deaths have been reported in the country, including 1,48,097 from Maharashtra, 70,451 from Kerala, 40,143 from Karnataka, 38,032 from Tamil Nadu, 26,308 from Delhi, 23,565 from Uttar Pradesh and 21,352 from West Bengal.

The Ministry of Health has emphasized that more than 70 percent of deaths were due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that the state distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.