New Delhi, June 24: India witnessed a steep rise in daily Covid-19 cases as it recorded 17,336 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry informed on Friday.
With the newly reported case, the active caseload of the country stands at 88,284, with the death toll climbing to 5,24,954 with 13 new fatalities, according to the data updated by the health ministry.
The active cases comprise 0.20 percent of the total infections. Meanwhile, the national Covid-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.59 percent.
Earlier, on Thursday, India recorded 13,313 Covid cases with 38 deaths.
Apart from this, India also witnessed as many as 13,029 recoveries, taking the toll of total recoveries to 4,27,49,056. The daily positivity rate stands at 4.32 percent and weekly positivity rate is reported as 3.07 percent.
As per the Health Ministry, a total of 85.98 crore tests were conducted in the country, of which 4,01,649 were done in the last 24 hours alone.
The Ministry further informed that as many as 196.77 crores of Covid-19 vaccine have been administrated to the states and Union Territories in India, under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive of the Union Government.According to the Health Ministry, 196.62 crore vaccine doses against the Coronavirus infection have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive of the Union Government.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them with Covid Vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of the universalization of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, the Union Government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs.
According to the sources, amid rising cases of Covid-19 in India, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will chair a review meeting with the core team of experts today in the physical format in the afternoon.
Earlier, on June 13, Mandaviya chaired a meeting through video conferencing with Health Ministers and senior officials of States and Union Territories (UTs) to review the progress of the vaccination exercise HarGharDastak 2.0 campaign.
He had urged States and UTs to continue and strengthen the surveillance and focus on genome sequencing for identifying new mutants/variants in the country.