Coronavirus update: India reports 17,336 new COVID-19 cases, 13 fatalities

India on Friday reported a rise of more than 17,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day after a hiatus of more than four months (124 days), with a 30 percent increase in daily cases, the Union Ministry of Health said.

In the span of 24 hours, a total of 17,336 cases of coronavirus were reported, bringing the total number of infections to 4,33,62,294, while the death toll from the disease has risen to 5,24,954 with 13 new fatalities, data updated by the ministry showed at 8 o’clock.

According to the ministry, the daily positivity rate was 4.32 percent and the weekly positivity rate was 3.07 percent. The number of active cases has risen to 88,284, representing 0.20 percent of total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.59 percent, it said. An increase of 4,294 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a 24-hour timeframe, the data shows.

The number of people who have recovered from the disease has risen to 4,27,49,056 while the death rate was recorded at 1.21 percent. According to the ministry, 196.77 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country under nationwide vaccination campaign against COVID-19 so far.

The number of COVID-19 infections in India had crossed the mark of 20 lakh on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11 , crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one crore milestone on December 19, 2020. The country crossed the grim milestones of two crore cases on May 4, 2021, three crore on June 23, 2021 and four crore on January 25 this year.

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