New Delhi: The number of fresh Covid-19 cases and deaths have increased considerably during the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry has said in an update on Thursday.
During the past 24 hours , the nation has recorded 46,164 fresh infections, with Kerala alone accounting for 68 per cent of the total caseload.
This shows an increase of 8,571 cases compared to the previous day, when the country had registered 37,593 infections.
The main reason for the increase is said to be an unusual spike of 31,445 cases reported in Kerala in the last 24 hours. The relaxations given by the Kerala Government during the Onam festival season is said to be the reason for this rise in Covid-19 cases in the state.
With this, the infection rate has shot up to 2.5 per cent, the Ministry said.
The new cases have pushed the cumulative case tally to 32,558,530 whereas the death toll has climbed to 4,36,365 with 607 more people succumbing to the deadly virus.
Currently, the active caseload stands at 3,33,725,
and the active cases now account for more than 1 per cent of total cases, the Ministry said.
Meanwhile, 34,158 more people recovered from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours pushing the recoveries to 3,17,88,440. The recovery rate now stands at 97.63 per cent.
The Ministry stated that the weekly positivity rate (2.02 per cent) has been under 3 per cent for two months now.
Meanwhile, the daily positivity rate (2.58 per cent) was less than 3 per cent for the last 62 days, it added.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 51,31,29,378 samples were tested till date, of which 17,87,283 tests were carried out on Wednesday.
Besides, under the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme, 60.38 crore vaccine doses have been administered to eligible population aged above 18 years.