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New Delhi/Srinagar: India reported the lowest daily new coronavirus infections in 50 days with 1,52,734 cases, taking India’s total tally to 2,80,47,534, while the active caseload further declined to 20,26,092, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 3,29,100 with 3,128 daily deaths, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Recoveries continued to outnumber the daily new cases for the 18th consecutive day.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,56,92,342, with 2,38,022 patients having recovered in a span of 24 hours, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.17 percent, the data stated.

Also, 16,83,135 tests were conducted on Sunday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far in the country to 34,48,66,883, while the daily positivity was recorded at  9.07 percent . It has been less than 10 percent for seven consecutive days, the ministry said.

Weekly positivity rate has declined to 9.04 percent.

The active cases have further reduced to 20,26,092, comprising 7.22 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 91.60 percent.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 07, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 05 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 04.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 21.31 crore.

A total of 21,31,54,129 doses have been administered through 30,28,295 sessions, according to the provisional report till 7 am on Monday.

The 3,128 new fatalities include 814 from Maharashtra, 493 from Tamil Nadu, 381 from Karnataka, 186 from Kerala, 142 from West Bengal, 138 from Uttar Pradesh and 127 from Punjab.

A total of 3,29,100 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 94,844 from Maharashtra, 28,679 from Karnataka, 24,151 from Delhi, 23,754 from Tamil Nadu, 20,346 from Uttar Pradesh, 15,410 from West Bengal, 14,432 from Punjab and 13,016 from Chhattisgarh.

The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded 1,525 fresh Covid cases, which took the tally 2,90,465, while 37 more deaths in the past 24 hours pushed the toll to 3,907 in the union territory, officials said.

Out of the fresh cases, 1,000 were from the Kashmir Valley and 525 from the Jammu division and of the union territory, they said.

The officials said Jammu district recorded the highest 278 cases, followed by 253 in Srinagar district and 181 in Kupwara district.

The death toll in the union territory due to the pandemic rose to 3,907 as 37 more patients — 20 from Jammu division and 17 from Kashmir Valley — died in the past 24 hours.

During this period, officials said 4070 COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged from various hospitals. This includes 2269 from Kashmir Valley and 1801 from Jammu division.

According to the daily media bulletin on novel coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 2,90,465 positive cases recorded cumulatively so far, currently there are 35,095  active positive cases in J&K while 2,51,463 have recovered and 3,907 have died — 1999 in Kashmir and 1908 in Jammu division.

The bulletin further said that out of 85,67,159 test results available, 82,76,694 samples have tested negative till May 31, 2021.

It said till date 20,91,937 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 80,126 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by the government, 35,095 in isolation and 1,46,207 in home surveillance while 18,26,602 persons have completed their surveillance period.

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