India's COVID-19 death toll crosses grim milestone of 400,000
Women waiting in a queue for a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Gurugram, Haryana on July 1, 2021.IANS

India's COVID-19 death toll crosses grim milestone of 400,000

New Delhi, July 2, 2021

India's COVID-19 death toll, since the pandemic broke out early last year, today crossed the grim milestone of 400,000 even as all indications were that the spread of the coronavirus disease was slowing down across the country.

In the last 24 hours, the country reported 853 deaths and 46,617 new cases of infection, as compared to 1,005 deaths and 48,786 fresh cases of infection posted yesterday.

The number of deaths had bounced back to above 1,000 yesterday after staying below that level for three days before falling back into three-digit levels again today. The number of new cases has stayed below the 50,000-mark for five days now.

The country had registered more than 4,000 deaths in a single day on 13 days in May.

The number of new cases of infection in the country in a 24-hour period has remained below 100,000 for the 25th 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 400,312 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 30,458,251 today.

Of the 853 deaths registered in the last 24 hours in India, Maharashtra, by far the worst-hit state, accounted for 252, followed by 124 deaths in Kerala, 102 in Tamil Nadu, 94 in Karnataka, 45 in Odisha, 38 each in Andhra Pradesh and Assam, 27 in West Bengal, 20 in Punjab, 15 in Haryana, 12 each in Madhya Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and ten in 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 29,548,302 today, up 59,384 from yesterday. The recovery rate has improved to 97.01% from 96.96% yesterday.

This is the 50th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.

The number of active cases dipped by 13,620 to 509,637, the lowest since March 28, when the number was 486,310.

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 Health Ministry said a total of 34 crore doses of COVID19 vaccines had been administered so far in the country.

The Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 2.57% while the Daily Positivity rate stood at 2.48% today. It has remained less than 5% for 25 consecutive days now.


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