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With 2,202 New Covid Infections, India Sees Slight Dip in Active Cases; 22 Fresh Deaths, Most from Kerala

A medical worker takes a swab sample from a man for an RT-PCR test to detect Covid-19 at the hostel of Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium in New Delhi. (Image: Prakash SINGH/AFP)

A medical worker takes a swab sample from a man for an RT-PCR test to detect Covid-19 at the hostel of Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium in New Delhi. (Image: Prakash SINGH/AFP)

The daily positivity rate in the country was recorded at 0.74 per cent and weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.59 percent

India on Monday 2,202 reported new Covid-19 infections, while the active cases dipped to 17,317, according to the Union Health Ministry data. It also reported 27 fresh deaths while the total active cases decreased by 375 in a span of 24 hours.

While the current active cases comprised 0.04 per cent of the total infections, the national Covid recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 percent. The 27 new fatalities include 22 from Kerala, three from Delhi and one each from Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.74 per cent and weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.59 per cent, according to the health ministry.

Meanwhile, Delhi on Sunday recorded 613 new Covid cases and three more deaths, while the positivity rate was 2.74 percent. The city had on Saturday recorded 673 new Covid cases and four deaths, the highest single-day fatality in over two months.

The total number of people in the country who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,25,82,243, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.22 per cent.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 191.37 crore.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 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.

A total of 5,24,241 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,47,855 from Maharashtra, 69,385 from Kerala, 40,105 from Karnataka, 38,025 from Tamil Nadu, 26,195 from Delhi, 23,513 from Uttar Pradesh and 21,203 from West Bengal. The ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent 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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first published:May 16, 2022, 10:26 IST