India recorded 38,079 new coronavirus cases, which took the infection tally to 3,10,64,908, while the death toll reached 4,13,091 with 560 more fatalities, according to Union health ministry data updated on Saturday. The active cases have declined to 4,24,025 and comprise 1.36 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.31 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.
It said that active COVID-19 cases have decreased by 6,397 in a span of 24 hours.
The ministry said that 19,98,715 tests were conducted on Friday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 44,20,21,954.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.91 per cent and it has been less than three per cent for 26 consecutive days, it said.
The weekly positivity rate stands at 2.10 per cent, according to the health ministry.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease has risen to 3,02,27,792, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.33 per cent, the data stated.
The total vaccine doses administered has reached 39.96 crore under the nationwide vaccination drive.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, 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 last year.
|S. No.||Name of State / UT||Active Cases*||Cured/Discharged/Migrated*||Deaths**|
|Total||Change since yesterday||Cumulative||Change since yesterday||Cumulative||Change since yesterday|
|1||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||16||3||7360||1||129|
|8||Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu||16||6||10573||8||4|
|14||Jammu and Kashmir||2116||12||313098||208||4362||1|
Meanwhile, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr VK Paul has said the next 100-125 days are critical in the fight against COVID-19. The statement was made while informing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a target to stall the third wave of the pandemic and it is possible.
Addressing a press conference, he said the world is moving towards a third wave of Covid and even the prime minister has mentioned this and said it is a warning that everything cannot be taken for granted.
"Leaving the North and South American regions, all other WHO regions are moving from bad to worse. The world is moving towards a third wave and this is a fact. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has asked us to take this as a red flag and warning. The prime minister has given us the target to stall the third wave and it is possible," Paul said.
Also, the BJP has decided to hold meetings at the district and division levels and prepare health volunteers in 56,000 villages and 12,000 wards, keeping in mind a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The work to prepare these volunteers will be completed by July 20.
A decision in this regard was taken at the state executive meet here, which was inaugurated by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda virtually.