Here are the top 10 updates on coronavirus in India:
The active cases comprise 0.90 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March last year, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.77 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the Union Health Ministry said.
The daily positivity rate - number of positive cases identified per 100 - stands at 1.69 per cent. It has been less than three per cent for last 23 days.
Maharashtra, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases in India, recorded 3,131 new infections. It also reported 70 Covid deaths.
Kerala, the state with most number of daily cases, reported 15,768 new cases and 214 Covid deaths.
Tamil Nadu with 1,647 Covid cases, Andhra Pradesh (1,179) and Karnataka (818) were other southern states with most cases in a day. Telangana reported 244 cases in a day.
Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar - the four big states - reported zero Covid deaths. Chhattisgarh and neighbouring Jharkhand also reported zero Covid deaths.
Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, reported 13 fresh cases, while its neighbour and the national capital Delhi reported 39 new Covid cases. Both reported zero Covid deaths.
Mizoram with 1,355 Covid cases leads the northeastern states in most number of new cases in a day. The state also reported five Covid deaths. Assam reported 441 cases and six Covid deaths.
The R-value, or reproductive number, for COVID-19 in India dropped from 1.17 in August-end to 0.92 in mid-September, indicating that the spread of the infection across the country has slowed down, according to researchers. However, the R-values of some major cities, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, are over 1. The R-value of Delhi and Pune are below 1.
The Serum Institute of India (SII) has informed the Centre that it will be able to supply around 22 crore doses of Covishield in October as the Centre announced that the export of surplus Covid vaccines will resume in the coming fourth quarter under the "Vaccine Maitri" programme, official sources said.