India logs 22,431 new COVID-19 cases, 318 deaths; at 97.95% recovery rate highest since March 2020
New Delhi, Oct 07: With 22,431 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,38,94,312, while the active cases declined to 2,44,198, the lowest in 204 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The death toll climbed to 4,49,856 with 318 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for 13 straight days.
The active cases comprise 0.72 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.95 percent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.
A decrease of 2,489 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
As many as 14,09,825 tests were conducted on Wednesday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 57,68,03,867.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.57 percent. It has been less than three percent for last 38 days. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 1.68 percent. It has been below three percent for the last 104 days, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,32,00,258, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 percent.
The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 92.63 crore.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August , 2020, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October 11, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on 4 May and three crore on 23 June.
The 318 new fatalities include 134 from Kerala and 90 from Maharashtra. A total of 4,49,856 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,39,362 from Maharashtra, 37,854 from Karnataka, 35,707 from Tamil Nadu, 25,811 from Kerala, 25,088 from Delhi, 22,896 from Uttar Pradesh and 18,863 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.