Over 23 crore COVID tests conducted in India till date

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New Delhi (NVI): The total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in India has crossed 23-crore mark with 10,63,379 tests taken on Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry confirmed.

As many as 23,03,13,163 COVID-19 tests have been conducted across the country as on date.

In a statement, Health Ministry said, “The cumulative national positivity rate continues to remain less than 5.00 per cent. It stands at 4.98 per cent.”

India’s tests per day per million population are more than 140 and the daily positivity rate is 3.37 per cent as of today.

On the other hand, India is fast approaching total COVID-19 vaccination coverage of 4 crore. A total of 3,71,43,255 vaccine doses have been administered through 6,15,267 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am, the ministry noted.

“These include 75,68,844 HCWs (1st dose), 46,32,940 HCWs (2nd dose), 77,16,084 FLWs (1st dose) and 19,09,528 FLWs (2nd Dose), 24,57,179 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 1,28,58,680 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years,” it said.

More than 20 lakh (20,78,719) vaccine doses were administered yesterday on day 61 of the vaccination drive. Of the total, 17,38,750 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 28,412 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 3,39,969 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine.

Meanwhile, the country’s total active COVID-19 cases has reached 2,52,364, comprising of 2.20 per cent of the total positive cases, the statement said, adding that, in the last 24 hours, a net incline of 17,958 cases recorded from the total active caseload.

Apart from that, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue to report a surge in the COVID daily new cases and 79.54 per cent of the 35,871 new cases are from these five states, the ministry data shows.

It added that, Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 16,620 (accounting for 63.21 per cent of the daily new cases), followed by Kerala with 1,792 while Punjab reported 1,492 new cases.

Further, five states also account for 84.88 per cent of the new deaths. Out of these, Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (84). Punjab follows with 35 daily deaths and Kerala reported13 deaths in the last 24 hours.

“The case fatality rate (CRF) remains below 1.5 per cent (1.39 per cent) and is continuously declining,” the statement added