India logs 2,542 COVID-19 deaths, 62,224 new cases of infection in last 24 hours
A view of Dharavi, the slum colony in Mumbai, which reported no new case of COVID-19 for the first time since the start of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, on June 15, 2021. Sandeep Mahankal/ IANS

India logs 2,542 COVID-19 deaths, 62,224 new cases of infection in last 24 hours

New Delhi, June 16, 2021

India today logged 2,542 deaths due to COVID-19 and 62,224 fresh cases of infection in the last 24 hours as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic maintained a downward trend across the country.

However, the high numbers of deaths in some states remained a cause of concern.

The country had yesterday reported 2,726 deaths and 60,471 new cases of infection -- which was the lowest since March 26.

The number of deaths in a single day has remained below 3,000 for the second consecutive day after staying above that level for five days. The number had fallen below 3,000 on June 1 for the first time after April 28.

The country had registered more than 4,000 deaths in a single day on 13 days in May.

Of the 2,542 deaths posted in the country in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra, by far the worst-hit state, accounted for 1,458, which included 1,070 previously unreported deaths which were added to the tally after reconciliation of the data of the past few days.

At 62,224, the number of new cases of infection in the country in the last 24 hours has remained below 100,000 for the ninth 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 379,573. 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 29,633,105 today.

Apart from the 1,458 deaths registered in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, there were 267 deaths in Tamil Nadu, 166 in Kerala, 115 in Karnataka, 75 in West Bengal, 56 in Uttar Pradesh, 53 in Andhra Pradesh, 48 in Punjab, 42 in Odisha, 38 in Haryana and 34 in Assam.

The other states reported less than 30 deaths each in the last 24 hours. There were 12 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 28,388,100 today, up 107,628 from yesterday. The recovery rate has improved to 95.79% from 95.63% yesterday.

This is the 34th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.

The number of active cases dipped by 47,946 to 865,432 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 261,972,014 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 2,800,458 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 383,306,971 samples have been tested up to June 15 for Covid-19. Of these 1,930,987 samples were tested on Tuesday.


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