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India Reports Over 40k New COVID Infections, Active Cases Increase Again

India Reports Over 40k New COVID Infections, Active Cases Increase Again

A healthcare worker collects a swab sample for a COVID-19 test from a resident, in Mumbai, February 23, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

New Delhi: India registered 40,134 fresh COVID-19 infections, pushing its virus tally to 3,16,95,958, while the number of active cases registered an increase for the sixth consecutive day, according to Union health ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll from the pandemic climbed to 4,24,773 with 422 daily fatalities.

The number of active coronavirus cases has increased to 4,13,718 and comprises 1.31% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.35%, the data updated at 8 am showed.

An increase of 2,766 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Also, 14,28,984 tests were conducted on Sunday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 46,96,45,494, while the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.81%.

The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.37%, according to the health ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,08,57,467, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34%, the data stated. Cumulative vaccine doses administered so far has reached 47.22 crore under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020; 30 lakh on August 23, 2020; 40 lakh on September 5, 2020, and 50 lakh on September 16, 2020. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 2020; 70 lakh on October 11, 2020, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 2020; 90 lakh on November 20, 2020, and surpassed one crore on December 19, 2020.

India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore COVID-19 cases on May 4 this year, and 3 crore on June 23, 2021.

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