India reports lowest single-day rise in 209 days

India reported the lowest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases in 209 days with 18,346 new infections in the last 24 hours – the country had reported 20,799 cases yesterday. At least 263 deaths due to coronavirus were also recorded in the last 24 hours.

The active cases comprise 0.75 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020 — the active caseload at present is 2,52,902, lowest in 201 days.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.93 per cent, highest since March 2020. At least 29,639 recoveries in the last 24 hours took the total number  of recoveries to 3,31,50,886 in India.

Kerala, which is showing a decline in daily fresh cases after crossing the 30,000-mark post Onam festival in August, recorded 8,850 cases. Colleges and other higher education institutions in Kerala have opened up for students after a gap of one-and-a-half years, with COVID-19 protocols in place.