According to data from the Union Health Ministry on Monday, the daily spike in coronovirus cases in India was below the 3 lakh mark for the first time in almost 26 days, as only 2,81,386 fresh infections were recorded in the last 24 hours.
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On 22 April, the country achieved a serious milestone in its fight against the raging coronavirus as it recorded more than 3 lakh new cases in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began last year.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported 4,106 Kovid-related new deaths and 3,78,741 fresh recoveries in the country during the 24-hour period.
The cumulative caseload is 2,49,65,463, including 2,11,74,076 recoveries, 35,16,997 active cases and 2,74,390 deaths.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 31,64,23,658 samples were tested for COVID-19 till May 16, of which 15,73,515 samples were tested on Sunday.
Karnataka, which has recently emerged as the new COVID-19 hotspot, currently remains the worst-affected state with 6,00,168 active infections. There are 4,70,595 active cases in Maharashtra.
A total of 18,29,26,460 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given so far across the country.
On Sunday, the Union Health Ministry informed that the trend of decline in daily positivity rate was also seen which is now 16.98 percent.
It stated that the national recovery rate has improved to 84.25 percent whereas the death rate is currently 1.09 percent.
The Ministry had reported that 10 states including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu accounted for 74.69 percent of India’s total active cases.