India records 7,447 new cases of COVID-19 infection, 391 deaths in last 24 hours
New Delhi, December 17, 2021
India today recorded 7,447 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 391 more deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic in the last 24 hours.
The 391 deaths logged in the last 24 hours included 284 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 reported 7,974 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 343 deaths, including 157 previously unreported deaths in Kerala.
Not counting the 284 previously unreported deaths in Kerala, India today registered 107 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 476,869 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 34,726,049 today.
Of the 107 COVID-19 deaths registered in India in the last 24 hours, Kerala accounted for 36, Maharashtra 19 and Tamil Nadu and West Bengal 12 each.
All other states reported less than ten deaths each, with as many as 18 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 34,162,765 today, up 7,886 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 830 to 86,415 today.
The Ministry said that the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 135.99 crore, including 70.46 lakh doses administered during the last 24 hours.
The Weekly Positivity Rate stood at 0.63% today, below 2% for the 84th day and below 1% for the 32nd consecutive day, while the Daily Positivity Rate was 0.59% today, below 2% for 74 consecutive days and below 1% for the 18th consecutive day.