India logged 2,710 new coronavirus infections in a day taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,31,47,530, while the active cases rose to 15,814 according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday at 8 am.
The death toll climbed to 5,24,539 with 14 fresh fatalities, the data updated. The active cases comprise 0.04 % of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.75 % , the health ministry said.
An increase of 400 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.58 % and the weekly positivity rate was 0.52 %, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,26,07,177, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.22 %.
The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 192.97 crore.
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.
The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23 last year.
The 14 new fatalities include 12 from Kerala and one each from Delhi and Maharashtra.
A total of 5,24,539 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,47,858 from Maharashtra, 69,655 from Kerala, 40,106 from Karnataka, 38,025 from Tamil Nadu, 26,208 from Delhi, 23,519 from Uttar Pradesh and 21,203 from West Bengal.
The ministry stressed that more than 70 % of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.