India reports 2,330 COVID-19 deaths, 67,208 new cases of infection in last 24 hours
Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam at JC Road after authorities announced relaxations in COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, in Bengaluru on June 16, 2021.Dhananjay Yadav/IANS)

India reports 2,330 COVID-19 deaths, 67,208 new cases of infection in last 24 hours

New Delhi, June 17, 2021

India today reported 2,330 deaths due to COVID-19 and 67,208 new cases of infection in the last 24 hours as the spread of the coronavirus remained on a downward trajectory in most parts of the country.

The country had recorded 2,542 deaths and 62,224 fresh cases of infection yesterday.

The number of deaths in a single day has remained below 3,000 for the third 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 2,330 deaths logged in the country in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra, by far the worst-hit state, accounted for 1,236, which included 999 previously unreported deaths which were added to the tally after reconciliation of the data of the past few days.

At 67,208, the number of new cases of infection in the country in the last 24 hours has remained below 100,000 for the tenth 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 381,903. 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 29,700,313.

Apart from the 1,236 deaths registered in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, there were 270 deaths in Tamil Nadu, 148 in Karnataka, 147 in Kerala, 69 in West Bengal, 57 in Andhra Pradesh, 49 in Uttar Pradesh, 48 in Punjab, 44 in Odisha, 39 in Haryana, 36 in Assam and 34 in Madhya Pradesh.

The other states reported less than 30 deaths each in the last 24 hours. There were 25 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 28,491,670 today, up 103,570 from yesterday. The recovery rate has improved to 95.93% from 95.79% yesterday.

This is the 35th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.

The number of active cases dipped by 38,692 to 826,740 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 more relaxations in the restrictions.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 26,55,19,251 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 34,63,961 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 38,52,38,220 samples have been tested up to June 16 for Covid-19. Of these 19,31,249 samples were tested on Wednesday.


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