Health workers collecting swab samples for COVID-19 tests for outstation passengers at Majestic Bus Stand, in Bengaluru on December 4, 2021.

Health workers collecting swab samples for COVID-19 tests for outstation passengers at Majestic Bus Stand, in Bengaluru on December 4, 2021.

IANS

India's daily COVID-19 cases drop to 5,784 in last 24 hours, number of deaths rise to 252

New Delhi, December 14, 2021

India today logged 5,784 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 571 days.

The number of deaths, was slightly higher than yesterday's tally, at 252, which included 165 previously unreported deaths 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 recorded 7,350 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 202 deaths, including 109 previously undeclared deaths in Kerala.

Not counting the 165 previously unreported deaths in Kerala, India today registered 87 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 475,888 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 34,703,644 today.

Of the 87 COVID-19 deaths registered in India in the last 24 hours, Kerala accounted for 32, Tamil Nadu 12 and West Bengal 10.

All other states reported less than ten deaths each, with as many as 21 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 34,138,763 today, up 7,995 from yesterday. The recovery rate stood at 98.37%, the highest since March 2020.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country went down by 2,463 to 88,993 today, the lowest in 563 days.

The Ministry said that the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 133.88 crore, including 66.98 lakh doses administered during the last 24 hours.

The Weekly Positivity Rate stood at 0.68% today, below 2% for the 81st day and below 1% for the 29th consecutive day, while the Daily Positivity Rate was 0.58% today, below 2% for 71 consecutive days and below 1% for the 15th consecutive day.

NNN

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