Active Covid cases in country dip to 42,219, records 4194 new cases in past 24 hours

India logged 4,194 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,29,84,261, while the active cases dipped to 42,219, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday morning at 8 am.

Death toll climbed to 5,15,714 with 255 fresh fatalities. The active cases comprise 0.10 % of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate further improved to 98.70 %, the ministry said.

A reduction of 2,269 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded as 0.52% and the weekly positivity rate as 0.55 %, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,24,26,328 while the case fatality rate was recorded as 1.20%. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 179.72 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.