India reports 15,823 fresh coronavirus cases

India reported 15,823 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 10.5 per cent higher than yesterday when the country saw the lowest daily rise in Covid cases since early March with 14,313 infections. India also reported 226 deaths due to coronavirus.

The active COVID-19 cases in India comprise 0.61 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020 — the active caseload at present is 2,07,653, lowest in 214 days.

India’s total Covid infection tally has reached 3,40,01,743 while the death count has increased to 4,51,189. A total of 13,25,399 tests were conducted, taking the number of cumulative tests conducted so far to 58,63,63,442.

Over 96.43 crore Covid vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. An expert panel has recommended Covaxin – Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine – for use on children between the ages of two and 18.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.06 per cent, highest since March 2020. At least 22,844 recoveries in the last 24 hours took the total number of recoveries to 3,33,42,901 in India.

The daily positivity rate – number of positive cases identified per 100 – stands at 1.19 per cent, less than 3 per cent for last 44 days. The weekly positivity rate stands at 1.46 per cent in India.