As many as 21,822 new COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the previous 24 hour-cycle, as per the health ministry’s update on December 31. India’s overall tally stands above 1.02 crore.
India reported 299 deaths (below the 300-mark for the sixth day) and 26,139 recoveries in 24 hours, the latest release shows. Active cases continued to drop, to 2,57,656 with a fall of 4,616 cases in a day.
Kerala reported the most 6,268 (or 29 percent) new cases in the previous 24 hours, followed by Maharashtra (3,537), West Bengal (1,178), Chhattisgarh (1,069) and Uttar Pradesh (1,025). These five states accounted for 60 percent of all the new cases reported in India during the period.
Maharashtra reported the most deaths (90 - or 30 percent), followed by Kerala (28), West Bengal (28), Delhi (21) and Tamil Nadu (17). These five states accounted for 62 percent of all new fatalities reported across the country during the period.
About 10 states and Union Territories like Andaman and Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu, Ladakh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry and Tripura did not report any deaths in 24 hours.
India’s recovery rate now stands at 96 percent. While Dadra Nagar Haveli/Daman & Diu has recorded the highest (99.7 percent) recovery rate, Sikkim has the lowest (88.8 percent). In terms of cases, Kerala recorded 5,707 new recoveries, the most, followed by Maharashtra (4,913), Chhattisgarh (1,588), West Bengal (1,557) and Karnataka (1,212).
The total number of COVID-19 cases in India not stands at 1,02,66,674 with 98,60,280 recoveries and 1,48,738 deaths as per the December 31 update. The mortality rate in the country stands at 1.4 percent with Punjab reporting the highest (3.2 percent). More than 11 lakh daily tests were carried out on December 30 with more than 17.2 crore tests having been conducted till date.
With five new patients, India now has a total of 25 cases of the new strain of the novel coronavirus. As many as 20 returnees from the United Kingdom were found to be positive with the new strain of the virus on December 30.
Here's a list COVID-19 vaccines under different stages of development in India as on December 28: