India sees dip in COVID-19 numbers with 3,660 deaths, 186,364 new cases in 24 hours
Health workers administering COVID-19 vaccine to people at the Sheri Kashmir Park in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, on May 26, 2021.Nissar Malik/IANS

India sees dip in COVID-19 numbers with 3,660 deaths, 186,364 new cases in 24 hours

New Delhi, May 28, 2021

India today saw a significant dip in its COVID-19 numbers with 3,660 deaths and 186,364 new cases of infection in the last 24 hours as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic maintained a decelerating trend though the overall figures remained fairly high and, therefore, a cause for concern.

The country had reported 3,847 deaths and 211,298 fresh cases of infection yesterday.

With the latest data from the Ministry of Health of Family Welfare (MoHFW), the death toll so far has risen to 318,895 today while 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 climbed to 27,555,457.

The country has registered more than 4,000 deaths in a single day on 13 days this month. The highest number of COVID-19 deaths recorded in India in a single day was 4,529 on May 19. That was also the highest number of cases reported in a single day in any country in the world.

The highest number of new cases in a 24-hour period, 414,188, was reported on May 7.

This is the 19th consecutive day that the number of new cases has remained below the 400,000-mark and the 12th successive day that it has remained below 300,000.

The number of new cases in 24 hours has fallen again today after going up for two consecutive days since it had fallen to below 200,000 for the first time in weeks, at 196,427, on May 25.

Most states are extending the lockdowns and other restrictions for some more time in view of the high daily numbers as well as the spread of the disease to the smaller towns and rural areas.

Of the 186,364 new cases of infection reported in India in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra, the worst-hit state by far, accounted for 21,273, lower than the 24,752 posted yesterday. The state also reported 884 more deaths, including 459 deaths which were previously unreported and added to the tally after a reconciliation of the data of the last few days.

Mumbai, the state capital and the financial hub of the country, saw a decrease in the number of new cases to 1,258 from yesterday's 1,352. The number of deaths in the city in the last 24 hours increased slightly to 36 from 34 yesterday.

National capital Delhi reported 1,072 new cases of infection and 117 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country has risen to 24,893,410, up 259,459 from yesterday. The recovery rate has improved to 90.33% from 90% yesterday.

This is the 15th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.

The number of active cases fell by 76,755 to 2,343,152 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 steadily rising after February 12 this year, when it had touched its lowest mark of 135,26 in recent months. Since May 11, there has been a steady downtrend.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 20,70,508 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in the country and cumulatively India has conducted 33.90 crore tests so far.

The Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 10.42% while the Daily Positivity rate has reduced and is at 9.00% today. It has remained less than 10% for four consecutive days now.

A total of 20.57 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far.

The world has reported a total of 168.966 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has climbed past 3.507 million as of this morning, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which is tracking the pandemic.

India ranks second in the world in terms of the total number of infections so far, behind the United States (33.217 million) and ahead of Brazil (16.342 million).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country now ranks third after the US (593,285) and Brazil (456,674).


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