New Delhi: India logged 9,119 new coronavirus infections taking the country's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,45,44,882, while the active cases declined to 1,09,940, the lowest in 539 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The death toll climbed to 4,66,980 with 396 fresh fatalities, including 308 from Kerala, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 48 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 151 consecutive days now.
The active cases comprise 0.32 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.33 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.
A decrease of 1,541 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.79 per cent. It has been less than two per cent for last 52 days. The weekly positivity rate was also recorded at 0.90 per cent. It has been below two per cent for the last 62 days, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,39,67,962, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.35 per cent.
The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 119.38 crore.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.
The 396 new fatalities include 41 from Maharashtra.
Of the 308 deaths in Kerala, 35 were reported over the last few days and 273 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court, a state government release said on Thursday.
A total of 4,66,980 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,40,807 from Maharashtra, 38,353 from Kerala, 38,185 from Karnataka, 36,415 from Tamil Nadu, 25,095 from Delhi, 22,909 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,419 from West Bengal.
The ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation"
Meanwhile, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 259.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.17 million and vaccinations to over 7.48 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number number of vaccine doses administered stood at 259,380,413, 5,173,924 and 7,486,985,605, respectively.
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 48,090,894 and 775,369, respectively according to the CSSE.
The second worst-hit country in terms of cases is India (34,535,763 infections and 466,584 deaths), followed by Brazil (22,043,112 infections and 613,339 deaths).
The other worst countries with over 5 million cases are the UK (10,028,639), Russia (9,270,885), Turkey (8,654,142), France (7,586,146), Iran (6,092,822), Germany (5,547,311), Argentina (5,319,867), Spain (5,111,842) and Colombia (5,055,253), the CSSE figures showed.
Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are Mexico (292,850), Russia (262,733), Peru (200,931), the UK (144,728), Indonesia (143,766), Italy (133,415), Iran (129,280), Colombia (128,236), France (119,686) and Argentina (116,458).