India records significantly lower COVID-19 numbers at 1,587 deaths, 62,480 new cases
New Delhi, June 18, 2021
India today recorded significantly lower COVID-19 numbers with 1,587 deaths and 62,480 fresh cases of infection in the last 24 hours, pointing to the continuing slowdown in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in most parts of the country.
The country had posted 2,330 deaths and 67,208 new cases of infection yesterday.
This is the first time since April 20 that the number of deaths in a single day has dropped below 2,000. Today's number is the lowest since April 19 when 1,619 deaths had been registered.
The number of deaths in a single day has remained below 3,000 for the fourth consecutive day today after staying above that level for the previous 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 1,587 deaths posted in the country in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra, by far the worst-hit state, accounted for 636, which included 400 previously unreported deaths which were added to the tally after reconciliation of the data of the past few days.
At 62,480, the number of new cases of infection in the country in the last 24 hours has remained below 100,000 for the 11th 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 383,490. 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 gone up to 29,762,793.
Apart from the 636 deaths registered in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, there were 210 deaths in Tamil Nadu, 138 in Karnataka, 88 in Kerala, 67 in Uttar Pradesh, 64 in West Bengal, 58 in Andhra Pradesh, 41 in Assam, 40 in Punjab, 39 in Odisha, 38 in Haryana, and 30 in Madhya Pradesh.
The other states reported less than 30 deaths each in the last 24 hours. There were 10 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 28,580,647 today, up 88,977 from yesterday. The recovery rate has improved to 96.02% from 95.93% yesterday.
This is the 36th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.
The number of active cases dipped 28,084 to below 800,000, at 798,656 today, after 73 days.
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.
The weekly positive rate remained below 5%, while the current rate is 3.8%.
The Health Ministry said that a total of 26,89,60,399 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 32,59,003 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 38,71,67,696 samples have been tested up to June 17 for Covid-19. Of these 19,29,476 samples were tested on Friday.