New Delhi: The number of fresh coronavirus cases India logged in the last 24 hours stood at 7,178, according to the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare on Monday (April 24). The active cases stood at 65,683, and the cases now comprise 0.15 per cent of the total infections. Around 16 new fatalities were reported, taking the death toll to 5,31,345. The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 9.16 per cent and the weekly positivity rate was pegged at 5.41 per cent. Earlier on Saturday, the country recorded 10,112 new infections in the last 24 hours.
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Delhi logged 948 cases and two fatalities in the last 24 hours, with a case positivity rate of 25.69, according to the Delhi Health Department. With the new fatalities, the death toll from the pandemic rose to 26,597 in the national capital. On Saturday, Delhi reported 1,515 fresh COVID-19 infections and six fatalities, with a case positivity rate of 26.46.
Maharashtra recorded 545 fresh coronavirus cases and two fatalities in the last 24 hours, the state health department said. With the new additions, the state’s COVID-19 tally rose to 81,61,894 and the death toll to 1,48,504. A day earlier, Maharashtra recorded 850 cases and four fatalities. Among the cities, Mumbai recorded 141 fresh cases and one fatality.
Tripura registered one fresh COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours and no new deaths, according to the state health department. With zero fatalities, the state’s overall death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged at 937.
The national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.67 per cent, the ministry said. The number of people who have recovered from the infection rose to 4,43, 01,865 while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.18 per cent. Besides, around 220.66 crore doses of COVID vaccines have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.
In view of the rising cases of coronavirus infections, the government held a high-level meeting last week on Wednesday (April 19), to assess the country’s situation and review preparedness to contain the COVID spread. The meeting was chaired by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. Mishra, who stressed the importance of continuing following the tested 5-fold strategy of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adhering to COVID-appropriate behaviour in all the states. He also emphasised promoting awareness within the community regarding COVID appropriate behaviour and cautioning citizens against complacency.
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