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Coronavirus | Active COVID-19 cases fall below 6 lakh for third day: Health Ministry

A health worker with samples of rapid antigen test in Hyderabad. File   | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

India has managed to maintain its active COVID-19 caseload below the 6 lakh mark for the third consecutive day, a release issued by the Health Ministry said on Sunday. According to the Ministry, the country’s total active caseload stands at 5,70,458 currently.

“New confirmed COVID cases stand at 46,963,” said the Ministry adding that Kerala is still reporting a very high number of new cases with more than 7,000 cases, followed by Maharashtra and Delhi with more than 5,000 cases each.

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Lead in recoveries

At the same time, 76% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 States/UTs, including Maharashtra and Kerala.

“Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra have contributed the maximum to the new recovered cases with each State registering more than 7,000 single day recoveries. Delhi and West Bengal together has registered more than 8,000 new recoveries,” said the Ministry.

“The active cases have dropped to 6.97% of the total positive cases of the country, demonstrating a steady falling percentage of the total cases,” said the Ministry.

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It added that this sustained achievement is the result of collaborative action by States/UTs under the Centre's strategy of comprehensive testing, timely tracking, quick hospitalization and adherence to the Standard Treatment Protocol.

The Ministry release said the trajectory of the active caseload across States/UTs has been diverse, demonstrating their focused efforts and gradual progress in their fight against COVID19.

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Cases per million

“Karnataka has reported a steep decline in the active cases in the past 24 hours. With the consistent decline in active cases, the cases per million [population] in India are among lowest in the world. India’s average cases per million stand at 5,930,” said the Ministry.

It added that 17 States/UTs have cases per million lower than the national average.

As per data released by the Ministry there has been a steady decline in the number of COVID deaths also.

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“470 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. India’s deaths per million population stands at 88. Twenty-one States/UTs have fewer deaths per million than the national average. The declining trend of the percentage active cases is commensurately supported by rising percentage of recovered cases. The total recovered cases stand at 74,91,513,” said the Ministry. It added that 58,684 patients have recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours


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