Active coronavirus cases in India drops below 5 lakh after 97 days

India reported 44,111 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, slightly lower than Friday, and added 738 deaths.

The country crossed a grim milestone of 4 lakh Covid deaths on Friday – the third after US and Brazil.

Active Covid cases have declined to 4.95 lakh in India – the number is below 5 lakh after 97 days. Active cases constitute 1.62 per cent of total infections.

Over 54,000 patients recovered in the last 24 hours taking total recoveries so far to over 2.96 crore. Daily recoveries continue to outnumber the new infections for the 51st consecutive day.

The recovery rate has now increased to 97.06 per cent. The daily positivity rate is at 2.35 per cent – less than 5 per cent for 26 straight days. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Covid positivity rate below 5 per cent to be within the safe zone.

Almost 44 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours. The total doses administered in the country has exceeded 34.46 crore so far, the health ministry said.