India reports 38,667 COVID cases in last 24 hours

Healthcare workers designated for COVID testing [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India reported 38,667 COVID cases, which is 3.6 percent lower than yesterday’s cases, the country’s Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The daily test positivity rate was at 1.73 percent, which has been less than 3 percent for the last 19 days.

With 20,452 fresh cases, Kerala leads the states in the most number of COVID cases in a single day. The state also reported 114 deaths, the most in any state after Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, 22,29,798 COVID tests were conducted on Friday, taking the cumulative number of tests conducted so far for the detection of coronavirus in the country to 49,17,00,577, while the daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.73 percent. It has been less than 3 percent for the last 19 days.

The Government of India on Tuesday had said that 37 districts across nine states, including 11 districts in Kerala and seven in Tamil Nadu, are showing a rising trend in the average daily cases over the last two weeks even as the corresponding nationwide figure continues to register a decline.

The government said Delta Plus variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in 86 samples in India, including 34 in Maharashtra, as of August 9.

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