With 11,271 people testing positive for new COVID-19 on Saturday, India's total tally of its cases rose to 3,44,37,307, while the active cases came down to 1,35,918, the lowest in 522 days (17 months), according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
The death toll increased to 4,63,530 with 285 fatalities in the last 24 hours, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The daily rise in new COVID infections has been below 20,000 for 37 straight days and less than 50,000 daily for 140 consecutive days now. Active cases now comprise 0.39 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020.
The average recovery rate for the country stands currently at 98.26 percent, the highest since March 2020, the Health Ministry said. A decrease of 390 cases has been recorded in the active COVID cases in last 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate was recorded to be 0.90 percent -- less than two percent in the last 41 days. The weekly positivity rate was recorded to be 1.01 percent, which has been below 2 percent for the last 51 days, according to the Health Ministry.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease increased to 3,38,37,859, while the fatality rate stood at 1.35 percent.
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.