India COVID-19 numbers dip to 553 deaths, 34,703 new cases in last 24 hours
Devotees offering prayers while maintaining social distancing at Dakshinamurty Nanditeertha temple at Malleshwaram, as places of worship and malls were allowed to resume after the Karnataka government eased Covid-19 restrictions, in Bengaluru on July 5, 2021. IANS

India COVID-19 numbers dip to 553 deaths, 34,703 new cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi, July 6, 2021

India today recorded 553 deaths due to COVID-19 and 34,703 new cases of infection in the last 24 hours as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic stayed on a downward trajectory across the country.

The country had reported 723 deaths and 39,796 fresh cases of infection yesterday.

At 553, the number of deaths today is the lowest since April 6, when 446 deaths were posted in the country.

Similarly, at 34,703, the number of new cases of infection in a 24-hour period is the lowest in 111 days, after March 17, when 28,903 cases were registered.

The number of deaths has remained below 1,000 for the fifth consecutive day and for the eighth time in nine days today. 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 nine days now and below 100,000 for the 29th 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 403,281 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 30,619,932 today.

Of the 553 deaths registered in the last 24 hours in India, Maharashtra, by far the worst-hit state, accounted for 106, followed by 102 deaths in Kerala, 67 in Karnataka, 54 in Tamil Nadu, 52 in Odisha, 31 in Assam, 26 in Andhra Pradesh, 18 in West Bengal, 12 in Punjab, and 10 in Haryana.

The other states reported less than 10 deaths each in the last 24 hours. There were two 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 29,752,294 today, up 51,864 from yesterday. The recovery rate has improved to 97.16% from 97.10% yesterday.

This is the 54th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.

The number of active cases dipped by 17,714 to 464,357, the lowest since March 27, when the number was 452,647.

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 a total of 35.75 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered so far in the country.

The Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 2.40% while the Daily Positivity rate stood at 2.11% today. It has remained less than 3% for 15 consecutive days now.

NNN

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