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India reported on Wednesday 41,965 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, as the country witnessed surge in infections, against Tuesday's 30,941 cases.
The health ministry in a statement noted that the country's total coronavirus cases reach 32.81 million, while deaths rose by 460, taking the toll to 439,020.
With this, the total tally rose to 3,28,10,845, according to Union Health Ministry's data released on Wednesday.
Out of total fresh COVID infections reported on Tuesday, 19,622 of them were from Kerala alone, the highest among the states.
A man gets his body temperature checked at a screening centre.
India also recorded more deaths against the tally of the previous day. According to the Health Ministry, on Wednesday, India reported as many 460 deaths due to COVID, while on Tuesday 350 deaths were recorded. Now, the cumulative deaths due to COVID in the country have risen to 4,39,020 till Wednesday morning.
In the last 24 hours, the number of active cases in India were reported at 7,541 to stand at 3,78,181.
The active caseload accounts for 1.15 per cent of the total cases, health ministry's data shows.
At the same time span, a total of 33,964 COVID patients were discharged, pushing the overall recoveries to 3,19,93,644. The recovery rate stands at 97.51 per cent.
The weekly positivity rate stands at 2.58 per cent, which remained less than 3 per cent for the last 68 days, while the daily positivity rate reported at 2.61 per cent.
According to data shared by the health ministry, a total of 16,06,785 COVID samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking cumulative tests to 52,31,84,293, till Tuesday.
"If supply remains consistent, we will be on course to innoculate most of our population by the end of the year, DN Patil, a senior health official in the country's richest state of Maharashtra said.
The ministry cited previous calls to curb "false news and misinformation" about the pandemic on social media as a basis for the order. It argued that the World Health Organisation did not link any country to the B.1.617 variant.
After registering more than 30,000 coronavirus cases daily in the past few days, India recorded on Monday 27,254 new cases and 219 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total to 33.26 million while deaths have risen to 442,874, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.
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