According to the Union ministry of health and family welfare, India reported a significant drop in the number of daily new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, with 6,990 people testing positive for the disease in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 551 days.
According to the health ministry’s data, 190 related deaths were reported across the country during the same time period. With this, the total number of confirmed infections has risen to 34,587,822 and the number of people who have died has risen to 468,980.
Meanwhile, the active caseload dropped by 3,316 cases to 100,543, the lowest level in 546 days, according to the ministry. “Active cases account for less than 1% of total cases, with 0.29 percent currently being the lowest since March 2020,” the ministry said in a statement.
Despite an increase in the number of tests performed on the day, the number of daily Covid-19 cases decreased. A total of 1,012,523 samples were tested for the disease, a significant increase from the previous day’s total of 762,268 samples. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 641,303,848 tests have been performed in the country so far.
With 10,116 people discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, daily recoveries remained higher than the number of new cases. According to the most recent data, total recoveries reached 34,018,299, with a recovery rate of 98.35 percent.
As of 8 a.m., the country’s vaccination drive had administered 7,880,545 doses of the vaccine in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of doses administered to 1,232,502,767. According to the ministry, over 1.37 billion vaccine doses have been distributed to states and union territories, with over 227 million doses remaining unused and unutilized.
In light of the looming concerns about the omicron, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan will convene a meeting with state health officials to discuss the new coronavirus variant.
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