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India records 43, 393 new COVID-19 cases, 911 fresh fatalities

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 261 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative total of infected persons to 3,18,284, while a lone death took the toll to 4,354, officials said.

Out of the fresh cases, 146 were reported from Kashmir and 115 from Jammu division of the Union territory, the officials said.

They said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 59 cases followed by Doda district that recorded 34 cases.

The death toll in the UT due to the pandemic rose to 4,354 as one patient from Kashmir died in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the officials said there were 31 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in the UT as no fresh case was reported since last evening.

Moreover, 304 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged from various hospitals including 189 from Kashmir and 115 from Jammu division during the past 24 hours, they said.

They also informed that so far 92.58 percent of population above the age of 45 years has been vaccinated across the Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the daily media bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 3,18,284 positive cases recorded cumulatively thus far, currently there are 3,300 are active positive cases across J&K,  while as a total of 3,10,630 persons have recovered and 4,354 have died so far – 2,229 in Kashmir and 2,125 in Jammu division.

Meanwhile, India logged 43,393 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to  3,07,52,950, while the active cases have declined to 4,58,727, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The death toll has climbed to 4,05,939 with 911 fresh fatalities.

The active cases comprise 1.49 per cent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.19 percent.

A decrease of 1,977 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

As many as 17,90,708 tests were conducted on Thursday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 42,70,16,605, while the daily positivity rate  was recorded at 2.42 percent.

It has been less than three percent for 18 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to 2.36 percent, according to the health ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,98,88,284, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.32 percent, the data stated.

Cumulative vaccine doses administered so far has reached 36.89 crore under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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

The 911 new fatalities include 439 from Maharashtra, 142 from Kerala and 62 from Karnataka.

A total of 4,05,939 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,24,296 from Maharashtra, 35,663 from Karnataka, 33,253 from Tamil Nadu, 25,008 from Delhi, 22,676 from Uttar Pradesh, 17,867 from West Bengal and 16,157 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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