India reports 19 K fresh Covid-19 cases, 246 deaths

New Delhi: India reported 18,987 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last one day, raising the total tally to 34,02,730, the Union Ministry of Health has said in an update on Thursday.
The number of deaths in the same period was 246, which raised the overall toll to 45,1435.

The recovery rate touched 98.07 per cent as 19,808 patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours taking the total number of recovered patients to 3,33,62,709.
The active caseload is the lowest in over the last seven months at 0.61 per cent with 2,06,586 people still fighting the virus.

“The daily positivity rate is 1.44 per cent, which is less than 3 per cent for last 45 days, whereas the weekly positivity rate is 1.44 per cent which also remains less than 3 per cent for the last 111 days now,” the Ministry informed. In the last 24 hours, India administered 35,66,347 vaccine doses as the coverage exceeded 96,82,20,997 as per provisional reports till 7 a.m. Thursday. “This has been achieved through 94,82,108 sessions,” the Ministry said.
Meanwhile, the testing capacity across the country continued to be expanded as a total of 13,01,083 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the total cumulative tally to over 58.76 crore.