13,216 new cases of corona registered in India, 23 more deaths in a day; Positivity rate 2.73 percent


New Delhi, June 18

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 4,32,83,793 on Saturday, as 13,216 more people tested positive for the viral disease and the active caseload rose to 68,108, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

This is the first time in 113 days that more than 13,000 cases have been reported in India.

The death toll rose to 5,24,840 with 23 fresh deaths, data updated at 8 am.

Active cases comprise 0.16 per cent of the total infections. The ministry said that the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.63 per cent.

The active COVID-19 caseload has registered an increase of 5,045 cases in a 24-hour period.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.73 percent and the weekly positivity rate was 2.47 percent, the ministry said.

The number of people cured of the disease increased to 4,26,90,845. It said the case fatality rate was 1.21 per cent.

The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country so far have exceeded 196 crores under the nationwide immunization drive.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed 20 lakh on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It had crossed 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October. 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and crossed the one crore mark on 19 December.

India crossed the grim milestone of 20 million on May 4, 30 million on June 23 and 40 million on January 25 this year.

The 23 new people include 13 from Kerala, three from Maharashtra, two from Karnataka and one each from Delhi, Meghalaya, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Of the 5,24,840 deaths reported in the country so far, 1,47,883 are from Maharashtra, 69,866 from Kerala, 40,112 from Karnataka, 38,026 from Tamil Nadu, 26,226 from Delhi, 23,526 from Uttar Pradesh and 21,207 from West Bengal.

The health ministry insisted that over 70 per cent of the deaths were due to comorbidities.

“Our data is being collated with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website. He said that the state-wise distribution of data is subject to further verification and reconciliation.