Students, wearing masks, leaving school in New Delhi on December 18, 2021, amid the COVID19 pandemic. Photo: Anupam Gautam/IANS

Students, wearing masks, leaving school in New Delhi on December 18, 2021, amid the COVID19 pandemic. Photo: Anupam Gautam/IANS

India adds 7,081 new cases of COVID-19 infection, 264 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi, December 19, 2021

India today added 7,081 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 289 more deaths to its tally in the last 24 hours, lower than yesterday's numbers.

The 264 deaths logged today incluuded 175 previously unreported deaths in Kerala, where the data of the past many months is being reconciled and updated as per the broadened definition of COVID-19 deaths under new guidelines.

The country had yesterday registered 7,145 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 289 deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic, including 221 previously undeclared deaths in Kerala.

Not counting the 175 previously unreported deaths in Kerala, India today posted 89 deaths due to the pandemic in the last 24 hours.

With the latest data released by the Ministry of Health of Family Welfare (MoHFW) this morning, the death toll in the country so far has climbed to 477,422 today.

The total number of cases of infection till now, since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in India in late January 2020, rose to 34,740,275 today.

Of the 89 COVID-19 deaths registered in India in the last 24 hours, Kerala accounted for 43 and Maharashtra 11.

All other states reported less than ten deaths each, with as many as 23 States and Union Territories, including national capital Delhi, posting zero deaths during this period.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 34,178,940 today, up 7,469 from yesterday. The recovery rate stood at 98.38%, the highest since March 2020.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country went down by 652 to 83,913 today, the lowest in 570 days.

The Ministry said that the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 137.46 crore, including 76.54 lakh doses administered during the last 24 hours.

The Weekly Positivity Rate stood at 0.61% today, below 2% for the 86th day and below 1% for the 34th consecutive day, while the Daily Positivity Rate was 0.58% today, below 2% for 76 consecutive days and below 1% for the 20th consecutive day.

NNN

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