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India reports 1,270 new COVID-19 cases, 31 deaths in a day

Six states and UTs reported a minor rise in active COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours

March 28, 2022 / 09:59 AM IST
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India has reported 1,270 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, continuing with its trend of clocking less than 2,000 daily cases for the last several days. The fresh number of infections takes the tally of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 4,30,20,723.

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The number of active coronavirus cases has now slipped to 15,859 - down 328 from the previous day - and the active cases now constitute 0.04 percent of the total confirmed cases.

A total of 31 deaths due to the infectious disease were also added during the day, taking the total death toll to 5,21,035. Out of these, 22 were backlog deaths added by Kerala as part of its data reconciliation exercise.

Kerala, at 3, reported the highest number of deaths in the 24-hour period, while Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Sikkim reported one death each. Most of the states and UTs, however, did not register any death in the last 24 hours.

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India also saw a total of 1,567 recoveries following the infection in a day which took the total recoveries to 4,24, 83,829 and the cumulative recovery rate to 98.75 percent.

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The number of tests conducted in 24 hours were 4,23, 389 which took the total tests in the country to detect fresh infections to 78.73 crore. The daily test positivity rate in India is now 0.29 percent, while the rolling average of the weekly positivity rate is even lower at 0.26 percent.

As per the details shared by the health ministry, 183.26 crore COVId-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far.

Sumi Sukanya Dutta
Sumi Sukanya Dutta
first published: Mar 28, 2022 09:59 am