India reports 40,134 fresh coronavirus cases

India has recorded 40,134 fresh COVID-19 cases – 4 per cent lower than yesterday – and 422 deaths in the last 24 hours.

So far, 4.24 lakh people have died of Covid in the country while the total caseload stands at 3.16 crore.

The country’s test positivity rate – number of positive cases identified per 100 – stands at 2.81 per cent, much below the worrying mark of 5 per cent.

Kerala, which has now become the Number 1 hotspot, reported 20,728 Covid cases in a day and 80 deaths over the same period.