India reported 18,840 new coronavirus cases and 43 Covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry data showed. The death count now stands at 5,25,386.
Currently, there are 1,25,028 active cases in the country, comprising 0.28 per cent of the cumulative cases.
The recovery rate is at 98.51 per cent and the daily positivity rate was 4.14 per cent. So far, 198.65 crore vaccine doses have been administered under the nationwide vaccination drive.
Here are the Highlights on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
Odisha recorded 512 COVID-19 cases today, the highest in more than four months, taking the tally to 12,92,928, the health department said.
The test positivity rate jumped to 3.35 per cent from 2.77 as the cases were detected out of 15,265 samples. Fifty-nine children were among those afflicted with the disease, according to a bulletin.
Khurda district, where the capital Bhubaneswar is located, reported the highest number of 237 infections, followed by 89 in Cuttack.
The active COVID-19 cases climbed to 2,795, out of which 1,345 are in Khurda district. It entered the yellow zone of over 1,000 current infections.
On Friday, the state had logged 470 cases. On February 19, there were 534 infections.
As many as 204 more people recuperated from the virus, taking the total recoveries to 12,80,954, the department said.
The COVID-19 death countremained at 9,126 as there were no more deaths. Fifty-three more Covid patients had died due to comorbidities so far, it added.
Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 64,648 today as 25 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said.
The coronavirus death count, however, remained unchanged at 296 as no fresh fatality was registered in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Lobsang Jampa said.
The northeastern state, which had remained COVID-free for the last couple of months, witnessed a sudden surge in cases since July 1, the SSO said.
Namsai district recorded the highest number of new cases at 11, followed by Lohit (six), and two each from Lower Dibang Valley, West Kameng and Changlang, the official said.
Arunachal Pradesh now has 125 active cases, while 64,227 people have recovered from the disease thus far, including one on Friday. The recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients stood at 99.35 per cent, Mr Jampa said.
Lohit district has the highest number of active cases at 56, followed by West Kameng (19) and Namsai (16).
The state has so far tested 12.76 lakh samples for coronavirus, including 137 on Friday, Jampa added.
Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,29,670 on Saturday as 61 more people tested positive for the infection, 47 less than the previous day, a health official said.
The state's coronavirus death count remained unchanged at 706 as no fresh fatality was recorded, he said.
Mizoram now has 525 active cases, while 2,28,439 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 33 in the last 24 hours.
Southern Mizoram's Lunglei district reported the highest number of new cases at 30, followed by Aizawl (18) and Mamit (seven), he said.
The single-day positivity rate was at 24.11 per cent, the same as the previous day.
Mizoram has thus far tested over 19.40 lakh samples for COVID-19, and fully vaccinated 7.23 lakh people.
The number of active COVID-19 cases crossed the 500-mark in Jharkhand after around four months as 132 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said today.
The fresh infections pushed the tally to 5,36,516. The count, however, remained unchanged at 5,321 as no fresh fatality was reported.
The state now has 542 active cases, while 58 more people have been cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 5,30,653.
Ranchi has the highest number of active cases at 172, followed by 114 in East Singhbhum district, of which industrial city Jamshedpur is a part, and 61 in Deoghar.
The capital city recorded the highest number of new cases at 58, followed by 20 in Deoghar and 19 in East Singhbhum.
Meanwhile, Ranchi Deputy Commissioner Chhavi Ranjan on Friday reviewed the progress of compensation disbursement to next of kin of those who died due to COVID-19.
A total of 1,042 applications of the dependents regarding compensation have been approved and payments made to them, officials said.
Assam continued to register a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases as 294 more people tested positive for the infection, the highest single-day spike in the last five months, a health bulletin issued by National Health Mission said.
Two more patients also succumbed to the infection, it said.
The COVID-19 tally has increased to 7,26,244 as the fresh cases were detected from 2,625 samples that were tested, with positivity rate as high as 11.20 per cent. On Friday, the state had logged 273 infections, with the positivity rate at 10.38 per cent.
Assam has been witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases since mid-June after a lull of over four months.
The 200-mark in daily spike in cases was breached after nearly five months on July 6 when 210 cases were reported with positivity rate at 10.14 per cent.
Kamrup Metropolitan, which primarily comprises Guwahati city, reported 92 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, followed by 42 in Kamrup (Rural), 25 in Darrang and 18 in Dibrugarh.
The two deaths were reported from Kamrup Metropolitan, pushing the overall count to 6,642.
Another 1,347 patients have died due to other reasons since 2020.
The active caseload in the state has risen to 1,370, an increase from 1,138 the previous day.
A total of 7,16,883 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 60 in the last 24 hours, with the discharge rate at 98.71 per cent, the bulletin said.
The state has thus far tested over 2.84 crore samples for COVID-19, and fully vaccinated 2.14 crore people.
Thane district in Maharashtra has reported 267 new coronavirus positive cases, which raised its overall infection tally to 7,30,961, a health official said today.
With these cases recorded on Friday, there are now 2,791 active cases in the district, he said.
As one patient succumbed to the infection during the day, the death count went up to 11,913, while the recovery count stood at 7,15,990, the official added.
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 10,224 today as six more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said.
Three new patients have travel history, while three other infections were detected during contact tracing, it said.
The Union Territory now has 40 active cases, while 10,055 people have recovered from the disease so far, including five in the last 24 hours.
A total of 129 patients have succumbed to the infection to date.
The administration has thus far tested over 7.57 lakh samples for COVID-19, and fully vaccinated 3.41 lakh people.
India records 18,840 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours
Number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours: 43
India's active Covid caseload currently stands at 1,25,028
198.65 crore Covid vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive
Active cases stand at 0.29%
Recovery rate currently at 98.51%
16,104 recoveries in the last 24 hours increases the total recoveries to 4,29,53,980
Daily positivity rate (4.14%)
Weekly positivity rate (4.09%)
86.61 crore total tests conducted so far; 4,54,778 tests conducted in the last 24 hours
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