2,503 new Covid cases in India, lowest single-day rise in nearly 2 years
India on Monday continued to see a drop in daily surge in coronavirus cases with 2,503 new infections, the lowest single-day rise in 680 days. The fresh surge takes the overall caseload to 4,29,93,494. Twenty-seven patients died and 4,377 recovered in the last 24 hours, the latest government data shows. With this, the overall death count and recoveries have climbed to 5,15,877 and 4,24,41,449, respectively.
The active cases have declined to 36,168, the lowest in 675 days. They constitute 0.09 per cent of the total cases in the country so far. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.47 per cent and the weekly positivity rate also stood at 0.47 per cent. On Sunday, the country registered 3,116 infections along with 47 deaths and 5,559 recoveries.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 5,32,232 samples were tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours and the total testing figure is nearing 78 crores.
Meanwhile, India's vaccination coverage has exceeded the 180 crore-mark with 20,31,275 doses given in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday.
Of these, nearly nine crore teens - in the 15-18 age group - have been vaccinated and the precautionary dose has been administered to over 2.12 crore people, which include health care and frontline workers, and those above 60 years of age with comorbidities. The health ministry said on Monday that over 182.79 crore vaccines have been provided to states and Union Territories (UTs) through free of cost channel and direct state procurement category. “More than 17.38 crore balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered,” the ministry added.