India logs 2,887 COVID-19 deaths, 134,154 fresh cases of infection in last 24 hours
A municipal worker spraying disinfectants at Millers Road in the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, in Bengaluru, on June 2, 2021.Dhananjay Yadav/IANS

India logs 2,887 COVID-19 deaths, 134,154 fresh cases of infection in last 24 hours

New Delhi, June 3, 2021

India today logged 2,887 more deaths due to COVID-19 and 134,154 fresh cases of infection as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic maintained a decelerating trend across most parts of the country though the numbers of fatalities remained high in several states.

The country had reported 3,207 deaths and 132,788 new cases of infection yesterday.

The number of deaths in a single day has fallen below the 3,000-mark again today after rising above that level yesterday. 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 risen to 337,989 while 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 climbed to 28,441,986.

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.

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

This is the 25th consecutive day that the number of new cases has remained below the 400,000-mark and the 17th successive day that it has remained below 300,000. This is the seventh consecutive day that the number of new cases has remained below 200,000.

The number of new cases had fallen below 200,000 for the first time in weeks on May 25 when it had touched 196,247.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country has risen to 26,390,584 today, up 211,499 from yesterday. The recovery rate has improved to 92.78% from 92.48% yesterday.

This is the 21st consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.

The number of active cases dropped by 80,232 to 1,713,413 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 some relaxations in the restrictions.

Of the 134,154 new cases of infection reported in India in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra, the worst-hit state by far, posted 15,169, slightly higher than the 14,123 recorded yesterday.

However, the number of deaths came down to 553 from 854 yesterday. The number included 268 previously unreported deaths that have been added to the tally after reconciliation of data of the past few days.

Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra and the financial hub of the country, reported 923 new cases and 31 deaths in the last 24 hours as compared to 830 cases and 23 deaths registered yesterday.

In national capital, the number of new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours has come down to 576 while the number of deaths went up to 103. The city had reported 623 cases and 62 deaths yesterday.

In Karnataka, among the most affected states, there were 16,387 new cases of infection and 463 deaths in the last 24 hours, as compared 14,304 cases and 464 deaths yesterday.

Bengaluru, the state capital, reported 4,095 fresh cases and 307 deaths in this period, as compared to 3,418 fresh cases and 276 deaths registerd yesterday in the city.

Tamil Nadu recorded 25,317 new cases of infection and 483 deaths in the past 24 hours as compared to 26,513 cases and 490 deaths yesterday.

Kerala recorded a new high of 213 COVID-19 deaths and 19,661 fresh cases of infection in the last 24 hours as compared to 19,760 cases and 194 deaths yesterday. This is the first time tht the number of deaths due to the coronavirus disease in a day has gone above the 200-mark in the state.

In Kerala, there were 19,760 fresh cases of infection and 194 deaths during this period.

Among the other states, West Bengal reported 135 deaths, Uttar Pradesh 115, Punjab 99, Andhra Pradesh 98, Haryana 78, Rajasthan 65 and Assam 61.

The world has reported a total of 171.540 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has climbed past 3.688 million as of this morning, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which is tracking the pandemic.

India ranks second in the world in terms of the total number of cases of infections so far, behind the United States (33.307 million) and ahead of Brazil (16.720 million).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country now ranks third after the US (595,825) and Brazil (467,706).


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