India logs 7,145 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection, 289 deaths in last 24 hours
New Delhi, December 18, 2021
India today logged 7,145 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 289 more deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic in the last 24 hours, lower than yesterday's numbers.
The 289 deaths recorded in the country in the last 24 hours included 221 previously unreported deaths in Kerala, where the data of the past many months is being reconciled and updated as per the broadened definition of COVID-19 deaths under new guidelines.
The country had yesterday registered 7,447 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 391 deaths, including 284 previously unreported deaths in Kerala.
Not counting the 221 previously unreported deaths in Kerala, India today posted 68 deaths due to the pandemic in the last 24 hours.
With the latest data released by the Ministry of Health of Family Welfare (MoHFW) this morning, the death toll in the country so far has climbed to 477,158 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 34,733,194 today.
Of the 68 COVID-19 deaths registered in India in the last 24 hours, Kerala accounted for 22, Maharashtra 12 and Tamil Nadu 11.
All other states reported less than ten deaths each, with as many as 21 States and Union Territories, including national capital Delhi, posting zero deaths during this period.
The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 34,171,471 today, up 8,706 from yesterday. The recovery rate stood at 98.38%, the highest since March 2020.
The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country went down by 1,850 to 84,565 today.
The Ministry said that the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 136.66 crore, including 62.06 lakh doses administered during the last 24 hours.
The Weekly Positivity Rate stood at 0.62% today, below 2% for the 85th day and below 1% for the 33rd consecutive day, while the Daily Positivity Rate was 0.57% today, below 2% for 75 consecutive days and below 1% for the 19th consecutive day.