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Covid-19 updates: India's active cases cross 1.10 lakh-mark

Covid infections raising the tally to 43,502,429 while the active cases increased to 1,11,711, the ministry's data noted. The death toll has climbed to 5,25,199 with 31 new fatalities, data updated by the ministry at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.26% of the total infections.

The national Covid-19 recovery rate was 98.54%, the health ministry said. An increase of 2,143 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 case count in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.27%, while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 3.81%, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,28,65,519. The case fatality rate was 1.21%. Several states in the country are witnessing an uptrend in Covid-19 cases.

West Bengal reported 1,499 new cases on Saturday. On the other hand, Mumbai recorded 811 new coronavirus cases. Karnataka clocked 975 fresh Covid infections and one death.

Tamil Nadu logged 2,533 new coronavirus cases yesterday while Chennai accounted for the majority of new cases at 1,059. According to the ministry, 197.95 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide inoculation drive. Separately, Government policy think tank NITI Aayog has released a compendium of Ayush-based practices from states and union territories for containing and managing the coronavirus outbreak.

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