India reports 10.5 per cent less cases

India reported 27,071 fresh coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, 10.5 per cent less than the previous day, with the overall number touching 98.84 lakhs, according to Health Ministry data.

The country retained the second-highest number in the world after the US, though the daily figures have been dropping since September.

In the 24-hour period, India, reported 336 deaths linked to the virus, taking the total number of fatalities to 1,43,355.

Kerala once again saw the biggest jump – 4,698 – in fresh cases in 24 hours, taking the state’s overall COVID-19 number to 6,69,330. The state also reported 29 deaths in this time.

Overall, Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with 18,80,416 cases in all, up 3,717 since yesterday. Seventy persons died in the past 24 hours, taking its fatality number to 48,209.

Meanwhile, BJP president JP Nadda announced on Sunday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and has isolated himself at home. The 60-year-old said he got the test done after he experienced some initial symptoms and added that his health is fine.