India COVID-19 numbers rise slightly at 2,219 deaths, 92,596 new cases of infection in last 24 hours
Scores of people who have to travel abroad for education and employment waiting for COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Hyderabad, on June 8, 2021.IANS

India COVID-19 numbers rise slightly at 2,219 deaths, 92,596 new cases of infection in last 24 hours

New Delhi, June 9, 2021

India today recorded 2,219 deaths due to COVID-19 ad 92,956 fresh cases of infection in the last 24 hours, slightly higher than yesterday, as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic continued to slow down across the country though the high numbers of fatalities in some states remained a cause of concern.

The country had logged 2,123 deaths and 86,498 new cases yesterday, when the number of fresh cases of infections in a single day had fallen below 100,000 for the first time in more than two months.

The number of deaths in a single day remained below the 3,000-mark for the fourth consecutive day today. The number had fallen below 3,000 on June 1 for the first time after April 28.

With the latest data released by the Ministry of Health of Family Welfare (MoHFW) this morning, the death toll so far has climbed to 353,528 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, surged past 29 million to 29,089,069 today.

The country had registered more than 4,000 deaths in a single day on 13 days in May. The highest number of COVID-19 deaths recorded in India in a single day was 4,529 on May 19. That was also the highest number of deaths reported in a single day in any country in the world.

Of the 2,219 deaths reported in the last 24 hours in India, Maharashtra, the worst-hit state by far, accounted for 702, followed by 409 in Tamil Nadu, 179 in Karnataka, 124 in Kerala, 98 in West Bengal, 92 in Uttar Pradesh, 77 in Andhra Pradesh, 66 in Uttarakhand, 59 in Punjab, 45 in Odisha, 43 in Assam, 41 in Delhi, 38 in Haryana, 36 in Madhya Pradesh, 34 in Bihar and 32 in Rajasthan.

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

This is the 31st consecutive day that the number of new cases has remained below the 400,000-mark and the 23rd successive day that it has remained below 300,000. This is the 13th consecutive day that the number of new cases has remained below 200,000 and the second straight day that it has stayed below 100,000.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 27,504,126 today, up 162,664 from yesterday. The recovery rate has improved to 94.55% from 94.29% yesterday.

This is the 27th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.

The number of active cases fell by 72,287 to 1,232,415 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.

Most states are extending the lockdowns imposed to contain the pandemic for some more time in view of the high daily numbers but with more relaxations in the restrictions.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 23,90,58,360 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 27,76,096 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 37,01,93,563 samples have been tested up to June 8 for Covid-19. Of these 19,85,967 samples were tested on Tuesday.


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