Coronavirus News Dec 17 Highlights: India has recorded 99,56,557 confirmed COVID- 19 cases till now, including 1,44,451 deaths. A total of 94,89,740 patients have recovered, as per the latest data from the Union Health Ministry. There are 3,22,366 active cases in the country right now, with 24,010 fresh cases. Active cases fall for 19th straight day now to lowest levels since July 15. Mortality rate remained at 1.45% for 18 days, positivity rate slipped to 3.24% while recovery rate rose to 95.31%.