Children waiting in a queue to register themselves for COVID-19 vaccine at a health centre in New Delhi, on March 16, 2022. (Qamar Sibtain/IANS

Children waiting in a queue to register themselves for COVID-19 vaccine at a health centre in New Delhi, on March 16, 2022. (Qamar Sibtain/IANS

India's daily COVID-19 cases drop to 1,761, deaths rise to 127 in last 24 hours

New Delhi, March 20, 2022

India on Sunday saw another dip in its daily COVID-19 cases to 1,761 while the number of deaths rose to 127 in the last 24 hours.

However, the 127 deaths posted in the last 24 hours included as many as 106 previously undeclared COVID-19 fatalities in Kerala.

The country had on Saturday reported 2,075 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 71 deaths, including 44 previously undeclared fatalities in Kerala.

If the 106 previously unreported deaths in Kerala are not counted, the number of people who died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in India stood at 21, lower than the 27 registered 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 516,479 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 43,007,841 today.

Not counting the 106 previously undeclared fatalities in Kerala, the 21 deaths reported in India in the last 24 hours included 12 deaths in Kerala, the highest among all states.

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 42,465,122 today, up 3,196 from yesterday. The recovery rate stood at 98.74%.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country dropped to 26,240 today, down 1,562 from yesterday.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 181.21 crore today, including 15.34 lakh doses given in the last 24 hours.

The Daily Positivity Rate and the Weekly Positivity Rate both stood at 0.41%.

A total of 78.26 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in the country, including 4.31 lakh tests done in the last 24 hours.

NNN

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