India logs 817 COVID-19 deaths, 45,892 fresh cases of infection in last 24 hours
People waiting for their turn to get the Covid-19 vaccine at Malleshwaram, in Bengaluru, on July 3, 2021.IANS

India logs 817 COVID-19 deaths, 45,892 fresh cases of infection in last 24 hours

New Delhi, July 8, 2021

India today logged 817 deaths due to COVID-19 and 45,892 new cases of infection in the last 24 hourss as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic appeared to be slowing down in most parts of the country though a surge in Kerala was a cause of some concern.

The country had reported 930 deaths and 43,733 fresh cases of infection yesterday.

While the number of deaths today was lower than yesterday's figure, the number of new cases has been rising for three consecutive days now.

However, the number of deaths remained below 1,000 for the seventh consecutive day and for the tenth time in 11 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 11 days now and below 100,000 for the 31st 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 405,028 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 30,709,557 today.

Kerala has been reporting high numbers for the past several days, with 15,600 new cases and 148 deaths posted in the last 24 hours.

Of the 817 deaths registered in the last 24 hours in India, Maharashtra, by far the worst-hit state, accounted for 326, folowed by the 148 deaths in Kerala, 75 in Karnataka, 64 in Tamil Nadu, 26 in Assam, 21 in Andhra Pradesh, 16 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Manipur and 10 each in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

The other states reported less than 10 deaths each in the last 24 hours. There were four 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 29,843,825 today, up 44,291 from yesterday. The recovery rate is 97.18%.

This is the 56th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.

The number of active cases, after a long gap, rose by 784 to 460,704 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 had been a steady downtrend.

The Health Ministry said a total of 36.48 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered so far in the country. As many as 36,05,998 does were administered in the last 24 hours.

The Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 2.37% while the Daily Positivity rate stood at 2.42% today. It has remained less than 3% for 17 consecutive days now.


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