India records 41,649 new Covid-19 cases, with 593 deaths

New Delhi:  With a single-day increase of 41,649 new cases, India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 3,16,13,993 on Saturday, while the death toll from the viral disease rose to 4,23,810, with 593 more people succumbing to it, according to the Union health ministry.

According to data from the Ministry of Health that was updated at 8 a.m., the number of active coronavirus cases in the country increased for the fourth consecutive day.

According to the data, the number of active cases has increased to 408920, accounting for 1.29 percent of the total number of cases, with the national COVID-19 recovery rate standing at 97.37 percent.

An increase of 3,765 cases was recorded in the active COVID-19 tally in a span of 24 hours.

In addition, 17,76,315 tests to detect the infection were performed on Friday, bringing the total number of such tests conducted in the country to 46,64,27,038, with a daily positivity rate of 2.34 percent. According to the ministry, the weekly positivity rate was 2.42 percent.

According to the data, the number of people who have recovered from the disease has risen to 30781263, with a case fatality rate of 1.34 percent.

The total number of Covid vaccine doses administered in the country to date is 46.15 crore.

Last year, India’s COVID-19 tally passed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, the 30-lakh mark on August 23, the 40-lakh mark on September 5, and the 50-lakh mark on September 16.

Last year, it surpassed 60 lakh on September 28th, 70 lakh on October 11th, 80 lakh on October 29th, 90 lakh on November 20th, and one crore on December 19th.

On May 4, this year, the country passed the two-crore COVID-19 case mark, and on June 23, it passed the three-crore mark.

There have been 593 new fatalities, with 231 from Maharashtra and 116 from Kerala.

So far, 423810 Covid deaths have been reported in the country, including 132566 in Maharashtra, 36525 in Karnataka, 34050 in Tamil Nadu, 25052 in Delhi, 22756 in Uttar Pradesh, 18128 in West Bengal, and 16292 in Punjab.

The ministry emphasised that comorbidities were responsible for more than 70% of the deaths.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),” the ministry stated on its website, adding that the figures’ state-by-state distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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