India records 1,73,790 fresh cases, lowest in 45 days

Daily positivity rate further declined to 8.36 percent, remaining below 10 percent for five consecutive days, while the weekly positivity rate dropped to 9.84 percent, according to data released by the Union Health Ministry.
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Single day rise in coronavirus cases was recorded at 1,73,790, the lowest in last 45 days, taking India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,77,29,247, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.

The daily positivity further declined to 8.36 percent, remaining below 10 percent for five consecutive days, while the weekly positivity rate dropped to 9.84 percent, it said.

The death toll climbed to 3,22,512 with 3,617 fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Also, 20,80,048 tests were conducted on Friday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 34,11,19,909, the ministry said.

Active cases have further reduced to 22,28,724, comprising 8.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 90.80 percent, it said.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,51,78,011 while the case fatality rate stands at 1.16 per cent, the data stated.

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 crore on May 4.

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has proven lethal. On Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the capital city will now start the process of lifting the lockdown gradually, starting with the resumption of construction activities and reopening of factories for one week from Monday.

Other states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and a few more states continue to be in a lockdown.

Edited by Anju Narayanan