New Delhi: India reported less than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases in a day for the first time since July end even as the country’s cumulative tally neared the 76 lakh mark.
A jump of 46,790 fresh cases in the last 24 hours took the country’s overall cases to 75,97,063, according to data released by the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.
The last time new COVID-19 cases were less than Monday’s tally was on July 23, when the country recorded 45,720 cases.
The downward trend in India’s daily COVID-19 cases continues days after the government said the country has crossed its coronavirus peak. Its daily average cases have tapered to 50,000-60,000 against a high of more than 90,000 daily cases logged in mid-September.
Also, India recorded 587 coronavirus-related deaths overnight, taking the total number of fatalities to 1,15,197 on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, one-day recoveries shot to 69,720 bringing down the total active cases to 7.5 lakh. More than 67.3 lakh people have successfully fought off COVID-19 till now, pushing India’s recovery rate to 88.6 per cent.
The country’s daily positivity rate (percentage of people who test positive for the virus against those who have been tested) fell to 4.4 per cent as samples tested over the past 24 hours shot to 10.3 lakh.