India records decline in new Covid cases, tally over 74L

Just two new coronavirus cases, zero deaths, recorded in Victoria over past 24 hours

The COVID-19 count includes 8,04,528 active cases, and 64,53,780 cured cases.

The death toll climbed to 1,12,998 with the virus claiming 837 lives in a day.

The national capital recorded 35 COVID-19 fatalities on Saturday, taking the death count to 5,981, while 3,259 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to over 3.27 lakh, authorities said. "The total recovered Covid-19 cases have crossed 65 lakhs (65,24,595)". The recovery rate stood at 87.78% and the mortality rate was 1.52%. "This significant achievement is the outcome of Centre-led targetted strategies leading to a high number of recoveries, and steadily falling number of fatalities", it said in a tweet. "These have in tandem resulted in consistent slide in the active cases", the ministry highlighted. Today it stands at 1.52 per cent.

Meanwhile, with 1,92,936 active cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state by COVID-19 in the country. Of these, almost 82 per cent are concentrated in 10 states and UTs - Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala.

Of the 895 fatalities reported in 24 hours, almost 82% are concentrated in 10 states and UTs of Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha and Delhi, the ministry said.

These results have been boosted by 22 states and Union Territories which have demonstrated better performance and are reporting even lower deaths per million population compared to the national average, it said.

Maharashtra is still reporting a very high number of new cases with more than 11,000 infections, followed by Karnataka and Kerala with more than 7,000 cases each, it stated.

It's the lowest daily case tally for more than four months, since 9 June, bringing Melbourne's 14-day following average down to 8.7.

The teams will support the state efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases.



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