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J&K logs 181 fresh Covid cases, 2 new deaths

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Active COVID-19 cases in country increase to 99,976

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir recorded 181 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the infection tally to 3,37,444 on Friday while two new deaths due to the virus were reported from the Union Territory in the past 24 hours, officials said.

Out of the fresh cases, 125 were from Kashmir and 56 from the Jammu division, they said.

Srinagar district recorded the highest of 56 cases followed by 41 cases in Baramulla district.

The death toll due to the virus was 4,479 as two fresh fatalities were reported from the Kashmir Valley in the past 24 hours, officials said.

They said 168 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged from various hospitals including 133 from Kashmir and 35 from the Jammu division during this period.

Meanwhile, the officials said there were 49 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in the Union Territory as no fresh case was reported since Thursday evening.

On vaccination, the daily media bulletin on novel coronavirus informed that 65,114 doses of COVID vaccine were administered in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number of doses administered across J&K so far to 1,68,16,350.

According to the bulletin, out of 3,37,444 positive cases recorded cumulatively so far, currently there are 1,708 active positive cases across J&K including 1,305 in Kashmir and 403 in Jammu division, while as 3,31,257 persons have recovered and 4,479 have died – 2,294 in Kashmir division and 2,185 in Jammu division.

Meanwhile  With 9,216 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, the country’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,46,15,757, while the active cases increased to 99,976, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The death toll climbed to 4,70,115 with 391 fresh fatalities, including 320 from Kerala, according to the data updated at 8 am.

Of the 320 deaths in Kerala, 66 were reported over the last few days and 254 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court,  a Kerala state government release said.

The ministry said the daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been less than 50,000 for 159 consecutive days now.

The active cases comprise 0.29 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.35 percent, the ministry said.

An increase of 213 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.80 percent. It has been less than two percent for last 60 days. The weekly positivity rate was also recorded at 0.84 percent. It has been below one percent for the last 19 days, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,40,45,666, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.36 percent.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 125.75 crore.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 07, 2020, 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 cases on May 04 and three crore cases on June 23.

The 391 new fatalities 24 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,70,115 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,41,049 from Maharashtra, 40,855 from Kerala, 38,216 from Karnataka, 36,504 from Tamil Nadu, 25,098 from Delhi, 22,911 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,510 from  West Bengal.

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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