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After Falling to Lowest in 188 Days, India’s Active COVID Caseload Rises Again

After Falling to Lowest in 188 Days, India’s Active COVID Caseload Rises Again

A health worker takes swab samples of a passenger for COVID-19 testing at Dadar railway station in Mumbai, September 22, 2021. Photo: PTI/Kunal Patil

New Delhi: India logged 29,616 new coronavirus infections in the 24 hours before 8 am on Saturday, once again seeing a rise in active cases after they had reached their lowest in 188 days on Friday.

According to data from the Union health ministry, the total tally of COVID-19 cases in India stands at 3,36,24,419, while active cases rose by 1,280 to reach 3,01,442.

The death toll climbed to 4,46,658 with 290 more fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The active cases now constitute 0.90% of the total infections, while the nationwide COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.78%, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

An increase of 1,280 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, it said.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.86%, while the weekly positivity rate was 1.99%. The latter has been below 3% for the last 92 days, it said.

India’s tally of cases had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore cases on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

(With PTI inputs)

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