For the first time since April 21, India has added less than 3 lakh COVID-19 cases in a single day. India has reported 2,81,386 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 2,49,65,463, the data by Union Health Ministry said.
Active cases saw the biggest single-day fall of 1.01 lakh. The number of active cases is 35,16,997, the data updated at 8 am showed. The positivity rate rose to 17.9 percent from yesterday’s 17 percent (May 15).
The fatalities continue to above 4,000. In the last 24 hours, 4,106 deaths have been reported, thus taking the toll to 2,74,390, the data stated. The mortality rate saw a rise as against the previous day for the first time in a year. The mortality rate rose to 1.10 percent from the previous day’s (May 15) 1.09 percent.
The recoveries continue to be over 3 lakh for the 16th straight day. The number of people discharged from the hospital stood at 3,78,741. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease is 2,11,74,076, the data said. The recovery rate surged to 84.8 percent.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 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 2 crores on May 4.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 31,64,23,658 samples tested up to May 16 for COVID-19. Of these, 15,73,515 samples were tested on May 16.
First Published: IST