37,566 new COVID-19 instances reported, lowest in 77 days

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The one-day surge in new cases was below 40,000 after 102 days, bringing the number of COVID-19 infections in India to 3/03/16,897, while daily deaths remained below 1,000 for the second straight day on Tuesday, according to the Union Ministry of Health updated.

In India, 37,566 new cases were reported in one day, while the death toll from COVID-19 rose to 397,637, with 907 deaths per day, its lowest level in 77 days. According to data published at 7 a.m., 32.90 crore cumulative doses have been administered as part of the nationwide vaccination campaign.

The number of active cases has further declined to 5,52,659, which is 1.82 percent of total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.87 percent, data updated at 8 a.m. showed. Virus counts saw a net decrease of 20,335 cases in a 24 hour period.

Also, 17.68.008 tests were conducted on Monday, bringing the cumulative tests done so far to detect COVID-19 in the country to 40.81.39.287 while the daily positivity rate fell to 2.12 percent. The ministry said it was less than 5 percent on 22 consecutive days.

The weekly positivity rate has dropped to 2.74 percent. The number of recoveries exceeded the number of new cases every day for the 47th day in a row. The number of people who have recovered from the disease rose to 293,66,601 while the death rate stands at 1.31 percent.

India’s COVID-19 record topped 20 lakh on August 7; 30 lakh on August 23; 40 lakh on September 5th and 50 lakh on September 16th. On September 28th it exceeded 60 lakh; 70 lakh on October 11th crossed 80 lakh on October 29th, 90 lakh on November 20th, and exceeded 1 crore on December 19th.

India passed the dismal milestone of 2 crore on May 4th and 3 crore on June 23rd. The 907 new fatalities include 287 from Maharashtra, 110 from Kerala, 98 from Tamil Nadu and 93 from Karnataka.

A total of 397,637 deaths have been reported in the country to date, including 1,21,573 from Maharashtra, 34,836 from Karnataka, 32,399 from Tamil Nadu, 24,967 from Delhi, 22,559 from Uttar Pradesh, 17,644 from West Bengal, 16,011 from Punjab and 13,437 from Chhattisgarh.

The Ministry of Health emphasized that more than 70 percent of deaths were due to comorbidities. “Our numbers are cross-checked with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the department said on its website, adding that the state distribution of the numbers is subject to further review and approval.

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