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India records 20,279 Covid-19 cases, 36 deaths in 24 hours


India recorded 20,279 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, less than 1,130 cases or 5.29% less than on Saturday. The total number of infections stood at 4,38,88,755. Active cases rose to 1,52,200 with an increase of 2,100 cases in 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry updated on Sunday.

Statewise – Maharashtra reported 2,336 new cases, followed by Kerala at 2,252, Tamil Nadu at 2014, West Bengal at 1,844. Twenty-five states and union territories (UTs) reported an increase in active cases, while nine states and UT reported a drop in active cases, updated data at 8 a.m. showed.

The death toll climbed to 5,26,033 with 36 new fatalities, according to data updated as of 8 a.m. Kerala and West Bengal reported seven deaths each, followed by Maharashtra at five and Himachal Pradesh – four. Two deaths each were recorded by Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, and one each by Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Pondicherry and Tripura. The fatality rate was recorded at 1.20%.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 5.29% and the weekly positivity rate at 4.46%, according to the ministry. The daily test positivity rate was highest in Mizoram at 27.30 percent, followed by Meghalaya at 19.93 percent and Arunachal Pradesh at 17.89 percent, the ministry said.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 2020, 40 lakh on September 5, 2020 and 50 lakh on September 16, 2020. It surpassed 60 lakh in September. October 28, 2020, 70 lakh on October 11, 2020, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 2020, 90 lakh on November 20, 2020 and broke the one crore mark on December 19, 2020. The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4, 2021 and three crore on June 23, 2021. It crossed the four crore mark on January 25, 20222.

First post: STI

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