India reports 2,55,874 COVID cases, 614 deaths in last 24 hours

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New Delhi: India, in the last 24 hours, recorded 2,55,874 coronavirus cases, 16.39% lower than yesterday’s 3.06 lakh figure, the Health Ministry of India said on Tuesday.

The new COVID cases reported today took the total infection tally in India – the second worst-hit country after the US – to almost 3.98 crores.

The active cases in India now comprise 5.62 per cent of the total infections, while the COVID recovery rate marginally increased to 93.15 per cent. The active cases presently stand at 22,36,842.

The daily positivity rate, which is the share of coronavirus tests that return positive- considered to be a key marker of the pandemic’s status- has dropped to 15.52 per cent from yesterday’s 20.75 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 17.17%.

The country also added 614 fresh fatalities in the past 24 hours, taking the COVID death count since the start of the pandemic to 4,90,462.

Maharashtra added 28,286 COVID cases, taking its tally to 75,35,511, while 36 fatalities put the total number of deaths at 1,42,151. Mumbai reported under 2,000 new COVID cases on Monday, making it the lowest daily spike in cases in nearly a month for the city.

Delhi added 5,760 new cases, a daily caseload that is 37 per cent down from yesterday’s figure (9,197). At 11.79 per cent, the positivity rate (the number of cases detected per 100 tests) saw a dip from 13.3 per cent a day before.

New Delhi has been seeing a decline in daily infections after witnessing a peak on January 13, when it touched 28,867 daily cases.


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