As many as 20,021 new novel coronavirus infections were reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking the country's case count to above 1.02 crore, the health ministry’s December 28 update says.
The country also reported 279 deaths and 21,131 recoveries during the period. Active cases have continued to drop, to 2,77,301 with a fall of 1,389 cases in a day.
Kerala reported the most (4,905) new cases followed by Maharashtra (3,314), West Bengal (1,435), Tamil Nadu (1,009) and Madhya Pradesh 946. These five states account for more than half (58 percent) of all the new reported cases in India.
Maharashtra reported the most (66) deaths followed by West Bengal (29), Kerala (25), Chhattisgarh (18), Madhya Pradesh (18) and Punjab (18). These six states account for 62 percent of all the new deaths in the country.
About 13 states and union territories—Andaman and Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura—did not report any deaths in the last 24hours.
India’s recovery rate is now at 95.8 percent. Dadra Nagar Haveli/Daman & Diu recorded the highest (99.7 percent) recovery rate, while Sikkim the lowest at 88.5 percent). In terms of cases, Kerala recorded 3,463 new recoveries, the most, followed by Maharashtra (2,124), West Bengal (1,740), Uttar Pradesh (1,391) and Karnataka (1,214).
The total number of COVID-19 cases in India is now at 1,02,07,871, with 97,82,669 recoveries and 1,47,901 deaths as per December 28, update. The mortality rate in the country now stands at 1.4 percent, with Punjab reporting the highest (3.2 percent). Less than eight lakh daily tests were reported on December 27 with more than 16.88 crore tests carried out till date.