India COVID-19 numbers dip sharply to 1,167 deaths, 42,640 new cases in last 24 hours
New Delhi, June 22, 2021
India today reported a sharp dip in its daily COVID-19 numbers with 1,167 deaths and 42,640 new cases of infection in the last 24 hours -- the lowest in several weeks -- as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic continued to decelerate across the country.
The country had reported 1,422 deaths and 53,256 fresh cases of infection yesterday.
This is the first time since March 24 that the number of new cases in a single day has fallen below 50,000. Today's number is the lowest since March 23, when the country had posted 40,751 new cases of infection.
At 1,167, the number of deaths today is the lowest since April 15, when the number was 1,038.
After the brutal second wave of the pandemic in April-May, the number of deaths in a single day has remained below 3,000 for the eighth consecutive day today after staying above that level for the previous five days. The number had fallen below 3,000 on June 1 for the first time after April 28. It has remained below 2,000 for five days now.
The country had registered more than 4,000 deaths in a single day on 13 days in May.
The number of new cases of infection in the country in the last 24 hours has remained below 100,000 for the 15th 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 389,302. The total number of cases of infection till now, since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in India in late January 2020, has gone up to 29,977,861.
Of the 1,167 deaths reported in India in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, accounted for 352, followed by 189 deaths in Tamil Nadu, 142 in Karnataka, 94 in Kerala, 46 in Uttar Pradesh, 44 in Andhra Pradesh, 43 in Odisha, 42 in West Bengal and 35 in Assam.
The other states reported less than 30 deaths each in the last 24 hours. There were 11 COVID-19 deaths in national capital Delhi during this period.
The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 28,926,038 today, up 81,839 from yesterday. The recovery rate has improved to 96.49% from 96.35% yesterday.
This is the 40th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.
The number of active cases dipped by 40,366 to below 700,00 at 662,521 -- the lowest since April 3 when it was 658,909.
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 weekly positivity rate is currently at 3.21% while the daily positivity rate is at 2.56%. It has stayed below 5% for 15 consecutive days now.