India recorded 17,070 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 4,34,69,234. According to the Union Health Ministry data, the active cases rose to 107,189 today.
India also recorded 23 Covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of coronavirus fatalities to 5,25,139.
The active cases comprise 0.21 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was 98.58 per cent, the ministry said.
Here are the Highlights on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
Amid sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in Ladakh, the administration has made wearing of face masks mandatory for public in Leh district of the union territory.
As per an order issued by District Magistrate Shrikant Balasaheb Suse on Thursday, the wearing of facemasks is mandatory for the people in public places in Leh to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
In case of any violation of the order, the violator will be fined Rs 500, the DM said.
Ladakh has reported 22 fresh cases of coronavirus, thereby increasing the infection tally to 28,411, while 11 patients were cured and discharged from the hospital on Thursday, officials said.
The number of active Covid cases has gone up to 78 in Ladakh -- 77 in Leh and one in Kargil.
India records 17,070 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours
Number of Covid deaths reported in last 24 hours: 23 (Kerala added 15 backlog deaths)
India's active Covid caseload currently stands at 1,07,189
197.74 crore Covid vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive
Active cases stand at 0.25%
Recovery rate currently at 98.55%
14,413 recoveries in the last 24 hours increases the total recoveries to 4,28,36,906
Daily positivity rate (3.40%)
Weekly positivity rate (3.59%)
86.28 crore total tests conducted so far; 5,02,150 tests conducted in the last 24 hours
North Korea claimed on Friday the country's first COVID outbreak began with patients touching "alien things" near the border with South Korea, apparently shifting blame to the neighbour for the wave of infections that hit the isolated country.