India COVID-19 death toll shoots up by 3,998 after Maharashtra adds 3,509 previously unreported deaths
A vaccination centre in New Delhi.Qamar Sibtain/IANS

India COVID-19 death toll shoots up by 3,998 after Maharashtra adds 3,509 previously unreported deaths

Number of new cases in last 24 hours rises to 42,015 from 30,093 on Tuesday

New Delhi, July 21, 2021

India's COVID-19 death toll shot up by 3,998 as Maharashtra added as many as 3,509 previously unreported deaths to its tally after reconciling data of the past many days.

If these 3,509 deaths are not taken into account, there were 489 deaths in the country in the last 24 hours, including 147 in Maharashtra. The country had recorded 374 deaths yesterday, the lowest since March 31.

Maharashtra and some other states have been regularly reconciling their data and updating the COVID-19 numbers accordingly.

The number of new cases of infection in the last 24 hours went up to 42,015 from 30,093 yesterday, which was the lowest since March 17.

Overall, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has maintained a downtrend in the country for the past many days, though the high numbers in some areas were a cause of concern. There are also fears of a possible third wave of the pandemic in the coming weeks.

The country had reported more than 4,000 deaths a day on 13 days in May at the peak of the second wave of the pandemic.

The number of new cases has stayed below the 50,000-mark for 24 days now and below 100,000 for the 44th consecutive day today.

The highest number of new cases in a 24-hour period -- 414,188 -- was reported on May 7.

With the latest data released by the Ministry of Health of Family Welfare (MoHFW) this morning, the death toll so far has climbed to 418,480 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 31,216,337 today.

Of the 489 deaths logged in India in the last 24 hours, apart from the 147 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, there were 104 deaths in Kerala, 56 in Odisha, 30 in Tamil Nadu, 29 in Karnataka, 24 in Andhra Pradesh, 17 in Manipur, 13 in Meghalaya, and 10 each in Assam and West Bengal.

The other states reported less than 10 deaths each in the last 24 hours. National capital Delhi posted five deaths in the last 24 hours.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 30,390,687 up 36,977 from yesterday. The recovery rate stood at 97.35% today, down slightly from 97.36% yesterday.

The number of active cases rose by 1,040 to 407,170 today.

The number of active cases had touched 3,745,237 on May 10, the highest since the pandemic began in India. The active caseload had been continuously rising after February 12 this year, when it had touched its lowest mark of 135,926 in recent months. However, since May 11, there has been a steady downtrend.

The Health Ministry said the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country so far has gone up to 41.54 crore, including a total of 34,25,446 doses administered in the last 24 hours.

The Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 2.09% while the Daily Positivity rate stood at 2.27%. It has remained less than 3% for 30 consecutive days now.


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