India reports 38,949 fresh coronavirus cases

India today added 38,949 new cases, 6.8 per cent lower than yesterday, taking the Covid caseload to 3.09 crore. 542 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate – number of positive cases identified per hundred – stands at 1.99 per cent, less than 3 per cent for 25 consecutive days.

The active cases have declined to 4,30,422 and comprise 1.39 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.28 per cent, the data showed. It said that a decrease of 1,619 has been recorded in the number of active cases in the span of 24 hours.

The Ministry said 19,55,910 tests were conducted on Thursday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 44,00,23,239.

Maharashtra, which leads the states with the maximum number of cases in the country, added 8,010 cases over a 24-hour period. The fresh cases took the number of infections to over 61.89 lakh and 170 deaths took the cumulative death count to 1,26,560.

Kerala with 13,773 cases leads the states in most number of Covid cases in a day. It is followed by Maharashtra (8,010), Tamil Nadu (2,405) and Karnataka (1,977).