At 38,310, India Records 15% Fewer 1-Day Cases; 490 Deaths In 24 Hours

Coronavirus: India's one-day COVID-19 case tally has dropped below the 40,000 mark after a week that saw fresh infections rise up to almost 50,000 in a day.

At 38,310, India Records 15% Fewer 1-Day Cases; 490 Deaths In 24 Hours

Coronavirus: India records less than 40,000 fresh COVID-19 cases after a week.

New Delhi: India has registered 38,310 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours when 490 people lost their lives to the viral disease, government data released this morning shows. The country has so far recorded a total of 82.67 lakh Covid cases with 1,23,097 coronavirus related deaths. The one-day Covid tally is 15 per cent lower than Sunday's when the country recorded 45,231 new cases. This is also the first time in a week when the one-day tally dropped below the 40,000 mark. The last time India recorded less than 38,000 cases was on October 27 (36,470). In the week that followed, India saw cases rise almost to 50,000-mark sparking worry.

Here's your 10-point cheatsheet to this big story:

  1. With a recovery rate of 92 per cent, more than 76 lakh coronavirus patients have been cured and discharged since the pandemic's outbreak in India in January.

  2. Active Covid cases, or those being treated for the disease, has come down to 5.41 lakh. The country's positivity rate - or percentage of infections detected in tested samples - has dropped to 3.7 per cent even as its death rate remained the same as it was during the peak - 1.5 per cent.

  3. There has been a consistent decline in coronavirus cases in India since its mid-September peak of almost 1 lakh cases a day to about 75,000 in October to a weekly average of 45,000 cases now.

  4. However, experts have cautioned that dropping temperature and laxity in practicing Covid-safe behaviour - wearing masks and social distancing - could lead to a sharper spike in the winter months.

  5. Kerala (4,138), Delhi (4,001) and West Bengal (3,957) have been experiencing a surge in their daily Covid cases for the past month, but their daily cases have also seen a decline. These states, plus Maharashtra (4,009) and Karnataka (2,576) accounted for 48.5 per cent of all cases in the country.

  6. Maharashtra (104), Chhattisgarh (58), West Bengal (57), Delhi (42) and Tamil Nadu (31) accounted for almost 60 per cent of all deaths in the country.

  7. As Maharashtra continues to be the state with highest Covid tally in India - 16.8 lakh - and a consistently high death rate, 244 free Covid testing centres were added to its worst-hit city, Mumbai.

  8. India remains the second worst-hit country by coronavirus pandemic after the United States of America, which accounts for more than 92 lakh of the world's total 4.6 crore coronavirus cases; more than 2.3 lakh Americans have died fighting the viral disease.

  9. Many European countries are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases with the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere. Experts have said the continent risks being hit with further waves of coronavirus infections next year in the absence of a vaccine.

  10. Covid-related restrictions on movement, including partial lockdowns, have been announced by several countries including France, Britain, Germany and Spain to bring down the number of daily infections.