India's daily COVID-19 cases dip to 5,326, lowest in 581 days

A man receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a Health Centre in Bengaluru, on December 6, 2021. Photo: IANS

India's daily COVID-19 cases dip to 5,326, lowest in 581 days

New Delhi, December 21, 2021

India today recorded 5,326 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 581 days.

However, the number of deaths posted in this period went up to 453, which included 405 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, where the data of the past many months is being reconciled and updated as per the broadened definition of COVID-19 deaths under new guidelines.

The country had yesterday reported 6,563 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 132 deaths, including 85 previously undeclared fatalities in Kerala.

Not counting the 405 previously unreported deaths in Kerala, India today posted 48 deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic in the last 24 hours.

With the latest data released by the Ministry of Health of Family Welfare (MoHFW) this morning, the death toll in the country so far has climbed to 478,007 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 34,746,838 today.

Of the 48 COVID-19 deaths registered in India in the last 24 hours, Kerala accounted for 14.

All other states reported less than ten deaths each, with as many as 18 States and Union Territories, including national capital Delhi, posting zero deaths during this period.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 34,195,060 today, up 8,077 from yesterday. The recovery rate stood at 98.40%, the highest since March 2020.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country went down by 3,170 to 79,097, the lowest in 574 days.

The Ministry said that the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 138.34 crore, including 64.56 lakh doses administered during the last 24 hours.

The Weekly Positivity Rate stood at 0.59% today, below 2% for the 88th day and below 1% for the 36th consecutive day, while the Daily Positivity Rate was 0.53% today, below 2% for 78 consecutive days and below 1% for the 22nd consecutive day.


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