India reports 29,916 fresh coronavirus cases

India today recorded 29,616 fresh Covid cases, which is 5.6 per cent lower than yesterday figures (31,382), taking the nationwide count of infections to 33.62 million since the start of the pandemic.The country also reported 290 deaths.

The daily positivity rate – number of positive cases identified per 100 – stands at 1.86% per cent.

Kerala, the state with most number of daily cases, reported 17,983 cases and 127 Covid deaths – the most number of deaths in a day in any state.

Neighbouring Karnataka reported 789 new cases and 23 Covid deaths. The state government has announced that 100 per cent occupancy will be allowed in theatres and pubs in districts having less than 1 per cent positivity rate.

Separate guidelines will be issued for Dasara festivities and a strict vigil would be kept in border areas, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.