File photo of a health worker collecting swab samples for COVID-19 tests at NRS Hospital in Kolkata, on January 15, 2022 (IANS)

File photo of a health worker collecting swab samples for COVID-19 tests at NRS Hospital in Kolkata, on January 15, 2022 (IANS)

India's daily COVID-19 cases dip further to 2,503, deaths drop to 27 in last 24 hours

New Delhi, March 14, 2022

India's daily COVID-19 cases dropped further to 2,503 and the number of deaths to 27 in the last 24 hours as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic continued to decelerate across the country.

The number of 27 deaths reported in the last 24 hours included nine previously undeclared COVID-19 fatalities in Kerala.

The country had yesterday reported 3,116 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 47 deaths, including 26 previously undeclared fatalities in Kerala.

If the nine previously unreported deaths in Kerala are not counted, the number of people who died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in India is 18, lower than the 21 posted yesterday.

With the latest data released by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) this morning, the death toll in the country from COVID-19 so far has climbed to 515,877 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 42,993,494 today.

Not counting the nine previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, the 18 deaths reported in India in the last 24 hours included six deaths in Kerala -- the highest among all states. No state reported fatalities in double digits today. As many as 27 States and Union Territories posted zero deaths during this period.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 42,441,449 today, up 4,377 from yesterday. The recovery rate stood at 98.72%.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country dropped further to 36,168 today, down 1,901 from yesterday.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 180.19 crore today, including 4.61 lakh doses given in the last 24 hours.

The Daily Positivity Rate and the Weekly Positive Rate both stood at 0.47%.

A total of 77.90 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in the country, including 5.32 lakh tests done in the last 24 hours.

NNN

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