New Delhi: India has logged 42,766 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally to 3,07,95,716, while the active cases have declined to 4,55,033, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The toll has climbed to 4,07,145, with 1,206 fresh fatalities.
The active cases comprise 1.48 percent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.20 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed.
As many as 19,55,225 tests were conducted on Friday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 42,90,41,970, while the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.19 percent.
It has been less than three percent for 19 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has declined to 2.34 percent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,99,33,538, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.32 percent, the data stated.
Cumulative vaccine doses administered so far have reached 37.21 crore under the nationwide vaccination drive.
India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 20 lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one crore mark on 19 December. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on 4 May and three crore on 23 June.
The 1,206 new fatalities include 738 from Maharashtra, 130 from Kerala and 68 from Karnataka.
A total of 4,07,145 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,25,034 from Maharashtra, 35,731 from Karnataka, 33,322 from Tamil Nadu, 25,011 from Delhi, 22,689 from Uttar Pradesh, 17,886 from West Bengal and 16,168 from Punjab.
The ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. "Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.