India reports 22,431 fresh coronavirus cases

India reported 22,431 new coronavirus cases and 318 deaths in the last 24 hours, ending at 8 AM on Thursday. With this, the total number of cases rose to 3.38 crore (3,38,94,312), while the death toll increased to 4.49 lakh (4,49,856). 

Active cases in the country presently stand at over 2.44 lakh (2,44,198). Of the new cases and deaths recorded in the country since yesterday, Kerala was the biggest contributor — recording 2,616 cases and 134 deaths. 

The active cases comprise 0.72 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.95 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 2,489 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.