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India records 46,617 new Covid cases; recovery rate crosses 97%

Srinagar/New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir on Friday reported 331 new positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the cumulative tally to 3,16,291 while six more deaths took the overall toll to 4333, officials said.

They said of the fresh cases, 254 were reported in Kashmir Valley and 77 from the Jammu division, while as among the fresh fatalities, five were reported from the Jammu division and one from the Valley.

Moreover, 437 COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged from various hospitals including 279 from Kashmir and158 from Jammu division, during past 24 hours, they said.

The officials also informed that so far 87.27 percent of population above the age of 45 years has been vaccinated across the Jammu and Kashmir.

No new confirmed case of mucormycosis (black fungus) was reported today; so far the total number of confirmed cases of the disease remains 29 in J&K.

According to the daily media bulletin on Covid-19, out of 3,16,291 positive cases recorded cumulatively thus far, currently there are  4,209 active positive across J&K,  while as 3,07,749  persons have recovered and 4,333 have died — 2221 in Kashmir and 2,112 in Jammu division.

Meanwhile, India saw a single-day rise of 46,617 new coronavirus infections, taking the tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,04,58,251, while the national recovery rate has crossed 97 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 4,00,312 with 853 daily fatalities.

Over 34 crore vaccine doses have been administered under the nationwide vaccination drive so far, it said.

The active cases have further declined to 5,09,637, comprising 1.67 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.01 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

A net decline of 13,620 cases has been recorded in the total number of active COVID-19 cases in a span of 24 hours.

Also, 18,80,026 tests were conducted on Thursday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 41,42,51,520, while the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.48 percent. It has been less than five per cent for 25 consecutive days, the ministry said.

Weekly positivity rate has declined to 2.57 percent, according to the Health ministry.

Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for 50th consecutive days.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,95,48,302, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.31 percent, the data stated.

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 two crore on May 04 and three crore on June 23.

The 853 new fatalities include 252 from Maharashtra, 124 from Kerala, 102 from Tamil Nadu and 94 from Karnataka.

A total of 4,00,312  deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,22,197 from Maharashtra, 35,134 from Karnataka, 32,721from Tamil Nadu, 24,981 from Delhi, 22,601 from Uttar Pradesh, 17,735 from West Bengal and 16,072 from Punjab.

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.

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