India reports 19,740 fresh coronavirus cases

India reported less than 20,000 new COVID-19 cases (19,740) in the last 24 hours, seven per cent lower than yesterday’s figure when the country recorded 21,257 cases. The country also reported 248 deaths due to coronavirus.

The active COVID-19 cases in India comprise 0.70 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020 — the active caseload at present is 2,36,643, lowest in 206 days.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.98 per cent, highest since March 2020. At least 23,070 recoveries in the last 24 hours took the total number of recoveries to 3,32,48,291 in India.

Kerala reported 10,944 fresh COVID-19 cases and 120 deaths, taking the infection count to 47,74,666 and fatalities to 26,072. Amid protest by the opposition alleging under-reporting of COVID deaths in Kerala, the state government has decided to include 7,000 more victims of the pandemic in its official death list.