India reports less than 20,000 cases

India today reported less than 20,000 cases (18,795), for the first time since March 11.

It is also a sharp drop from the cases reported yesterday (26,041). The country also reported 179 deaths, again a big dip from the 276 deaths reported a day ago.

The daily positivity rate – number of positive cases identified per 100 – stands at 1.42 per cent less than 3 per cent for last 29 days. The recovery rate stands at 97.81 per cent.

Kerala, which continues to lead the states in daily Covid cases, saw a sharp drop in its case tally with 11,699 cases. The state also reported 58 deaths.

With 1,657 cases, Tamil Nadu is the second southern state after Kerala with a high daily caseload. It also reported 19 deaths.

Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, reported six Covid cases, while neighbouring Delhi, the national capital, reported 32 cases. Both states reported zero Covid deaths.