India reports 35,499 fresh coronavirus cases

India reported 35,499 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours, slightly lower than yesterday’s 39,070, taking the total infections to over 3.19 crore. 447 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the total fatalities to over 4.28 lakhs so far.

Active Covid cases have declined to 4.02 lakh in India. Active cases constitute 1.26 per cent of total infections. 39,686 patients recovered in the last 24 hours taking total recoveries so far to over 3.11 crore.

The recovery rate has been steadily increasing. It is currently at 97.40 per cent. The daily positivity rate is at 2.59 per cent – less than 3 per cent for 14 straight days in a sign of relief. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Covid positivity rate below 5 per cent to be within the safe zone.

45 cases of Delta plus variant of COVID-19 have been reported in Maharashtra till August 8, the state health department informed on Sunday, even as the state eased restrictions.

Over 16 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours – a sharp dip from yesterday’s 55 lakh. The total doses administered in the country has exceeded 50.86 crore so far, the health ministry said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country’s fight against the pandemic has received a “strong impetus” after crossing the 50 crore-milestone.