26,976 fresh Covid-19 cases recorded, 3% higher than yesterday


Mumbai: India registered 26,964 fresh Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours 3.2% higher than on Tuesday. The total case toll reached to 3,35,31,498. The active cases declined to 3,01,989, the lowest in 186 days.

The active cases comprise 0.90 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March last year, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.77 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the Union Health Ministry said.The daily positivity rate – number of positive cases identified per 100 – stands at 1.69 per cent. It has been less than three per cent for last 23 days.

On Tuesday, the state reported 3,131 new infections and 70 deaths, taking the case tally to 6,527,629 and the toll to 138,616. Mumbai reported 357 new cases and one death, while Ahmednagar in western Maharashtra reported the highest, 605, cases.

The state’s daily caseload has dropped to an average of 333 in the past ten days (33,319 cases during September 11-20) against the average of 414 during September 1-10 (41,369 cases). The number of deaths in ten days from September 11 to 20 dropped to 485 against 748 in the first 10 days of the month. In Mumbai too, the daily caseload average in the past 10 days (Sept 11-20) dropped slightly to 418 from 434 in the first 10 days of the month. The deaths reported in the city in past 10 days were, however, high at 47 against 34 between September 1 and 10.

Kerala, the state with most number of daily cases, reported 15,768 new cases and 214 Covid deaths.

The Serum Institute of India (SII) has informed the Centre that it will be able to supply around 22 crore doses of Covishield in October as the Centre announced that the export of surplus Covid vaccines will resume in the coming fourth quarter under the “Vaccine Maitri” programme, official sources said.

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