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Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 6,857 new cases, 286 deaths

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Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: India logged 43,654 fresh COVID-19 cases taking its tally to 3,14,84,605, while 640 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,22,022, according to Union Health Ministry data on Wednesday. The number of active cases stood at 3,99,436, an increase of 1,336 in a span of 24 hours, and comprises 1.27 percent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.39 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. The daily positivity rate increased to 2.51 percent from 1.73 percent on Tuesday. The weekly positivity rate stood at 2.36 percent, the data showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,06,63,147, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, it stated.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 6,857 new cases, 286 deaths
  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the coronavirus pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 situation from India and around the world. Until then stay safe and good night.
     
     
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    Coronavirus News Highlights: Maharashtra reports 6,857 new cases, 286 deaths
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India logged 43,654 fresh COVID-19 cases taking its tally to 3,14,84,605, while 640 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,22,022, according to Union Health Ministry data on Wednesday. The number of active cases stood at 3,99,436, an increase of 1,336 in a span of 24 hours, and comprises 1.27 percent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.39 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. The daily positivity rate increased to 2.51 percent from 1.73 percent on Tuesday. The weekly positivity rate stood at 2.36 percent, the data showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,06,63,147, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 percent, it stated.