New Delhi, April 23: India on Saturday reported fresh 2,527 Covid-19 cases, taking the nationwide tally of coronavirus cases to 4,30,54,952. Active cases have increased to 15,079, according to the Union Health Ministry.
With 33 more fatalities, the death toll due to Covid-19 has climbed to 5,22,149. The active coronavirus cases comprised 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while India's national Covid-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.75 per cent, the health ministry said.
An increase of 838 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 0.56 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 0.5 per cent, according to the health ministry.
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The number of people who have recovered from the disease has surged to 4,25,17,724, while the case fatality rate has been recorded at 1.21 per cent. The cumulative doses administered so far under the nationwide covid vaccination drive has exceeded 187.46 crore. The 33 new fatalities include 31 from Kerala.
The health ministry said 5,22,149 deaths had been reported so far in the country, including 1,47,831 from Maharashtra, 68,781 from Kerala, 40,057 from Karnataka, 38,025 from Tamil Nadu, 26,164 from Delhi, 23,502 from Uttar Pradesh and 21,200 from West Bengal.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s R-value that indicates the spread of Covid-19 was recorded at 2.1 this week, which means every infected person is infecting two others in the national capital. The analysis has been done by IIT-Madras.
The 'R' or reproductive value indicates the number of people a Covid-19 infected person can spread the disease to, and a pandemic is considered to end if this value goes below one. The preliminary analysis by computational modelling was done by IIT-Madras' Department of Mathematics and Centre of Excellence for Computational Mathematics and Data Science headed by Prof Neelesh S Upadhye and Prof S Sundar.
Delhi's R-value this week was recorded at 2.1. India's R-value, at present, stands at 1.3, the analysis found.
For other metro cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the number of cases is too low to ascertain a trend. Delhi is witnessing a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases. The city logged 1,042 fresh Covid cases with a positivity rate of 4.64 per cent on Friday.