New Delhi: India witnessed a single-day rise of 906 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths in the last 24 hours and the as the active cases declined to 10,179, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday (May 18). With 20 fatalities, the death toll has risen to 5.31 lakh. The daily positivity rate has been pegged at 0.70 per cent and the weekly rate at 0.90 per cent.
The total tally of Covid cases was recorded at 4.49 crore (4,49,84,058). The active cases now comprise 0.02 per cent of the total infections while the national recovery rate has been recorded at 98.79 per cent, according to the website.
The number of people who have recovered rose to 4.44 crore, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.18 per cent.
According to the union health ministry, 220.66 crore Covid vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.
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Among the states and Union territories, Delhi has reported 32 new COVID-19 cases and two fatalities in the last 24 hours, with a positivity rate of 2.01 per cent along with two fatalities due to the disease, according to data shared by the city government’s health department. With the fresh infections, the national capital’s case tally climbed to 20,40,531. The death toll now stands at 26,654, the health department said in its bulletin.
On Tuesday, the single-day count of fresh cases was at 29 with a positivity rate of 1.62 per cent. The national capital also reported one fatality due to the viral infection, the data showed.
No bulletin was issued on Monday.
Delhi on Sunday recorded 26 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rateof 1.49 per cent. The health department did not issue a health bulletin on Saturday. The city witnessed 43 cases with a positivity rate of 2.07 per cent and two deaths on Friday, while it had logged same number of new cases with a positivity rate of 1.8 per cent a day before.
The city recorded 75 cases with a positivity rate of 3.43 per cent and one death on Wednesday.
The fresh cases emerged from 1,691 tests conducted the previous day, according to Wednesday’s bulletin. The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 294, of which 226 patients are in home isolation, the bulletin said.
Only 52 of the 7,941 Covid beds in various city hospitals are occupied, it said.
The number of daily cases had dropped to zero in Delhi on January 16 for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic. However, the city witnessed a spurt in cases last month.
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