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India records lowest daily Covid deaths in three months

Srinagar/New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday reported 231 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the infection tally to 3,17,481, while two deaths raised the toll to 4,345, officials said.

Out of the fresh cases, 148 were from the Kashmir valley and 83 from the Jammu division, the officials said.

They said Srinagar district recorded a maximum of 63 fresh COVID-19 cases — all travellers — while Pulwama district recorded 30 new cases.

The number of active cases has dropped to 3,582 in the union territory, while 3,09,554 patients in the Union Territory have recovered so far from the infection, the officials said.

They said the number of confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in Jammu and Kashmir remains at 30 with no fresh infection being reported.

Officials also said that 421 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged from various hospitals including 252 from Kashmir and 169 from Jammu division during the past 24 hours.

They also informed that 89.94 percent of population above the age of 45 years has been vaccinated across the Jammu and Kashmir so far.

According to the daily media bulletin on novel coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 3,17,481 positive cases, currently there are 3,582 active cases across J&K, while 3,09,554 have recovered so far and 4,345 have died – 2,225 in Kashmir division and 2,120 in Jammu division.

Meanwhile, with 553 fresh fatalities, India recorded the lowest daily death toll in around 90 days while 34,703 new cases of coronavirus were reported, the lowest in 111 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

With the fresh cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 3,06,19,932, while the death toll climbed to 4,03,281.

The active cases further declined to 4,64,357, the lowest in 101 days, and comprise 1.52 percent of the total infections.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.17 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

A net decline of 17,714 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Also, 16,47,424 tests were conducted on Monday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 42,14,24,881.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.11 percent. It has been less than three percent for 15 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to 2.40 percent.

Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 54th consecutive day.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,97,52,294, while the case fatality rate  stands at 1.32 percent, the data stated.

Cumulative vaccine doses administered so far has reached 35.75 crore under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 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 553 new fatalities include 106 from Maharashtra, 102 from Kerala and 67 from Karnataka.

A total of 4,03,281 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,23,136 from Maharashtra, 35,434 from Karnataka, 33,059 from Tamil Nadu, 24,997 from Delhi, 22,646 from Uttar Pradesh, 17,817 from West Bengal and 16,122 from Punjab.

The 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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