India reported less than 20,000 Covid cases for the second day in a row, recording 18,870 new cases, just marginally higher than yesterday’s figures (18,795), and taking the cumulative infections to 3,37,16,451, according to Union Health Ministry data.
The country saw a jump in daily deaths over a 24-hour period – from 179 deaths yesterday, it touched 378 today, taking total deaths to 4,47,751.
Active cases declined to 2,82,520, the lowest in 194 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.
The active cases comprise 0.84 per cent of the total infections – the lowest since March 2020 – while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.83 per cent – the highest since March 2020. A decrease of 9,686 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate – number of positive cases identified per 100 – stands at 1.25 per cent less than 3 per cent for last 30 days.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 87 crore, the Union health ministry said.
Here are the LIVE updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
A residential school in Bengaluru has become a COVID-19 cluster after 60 of its nearly 500 students tested positive. Two were found to be symptomatic and the school has been shut till October 20.
Bengaluru (Urban) District Collector J Manjunath told news agency ANI the symptomatic students had been admitted to hospital and the rest quarantined at a proper medical facility.
The Himachal Pradesh government will provide compensation of Rs 50,000 to the family of each of those who died due to COVID-19, a state official said on Wednesday, reported PTI.
The state government notified the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) of all the 12 districts as disbursement authority for the compensation, director-cum-special secretary of revenue-disaster management Sudesh Kumar Mokhta said.
Punjab on Wednesday reported one Covid-related death and 26 fresh cases, a medical bulletin said.
So far, the total number of coronavirus cases reported in the state is 6,01,600, it stated.