The Fact News Service

India records lowest Covid cases in a year and a half

New Delhi, November 22

India recorded 8,488 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 538 days, taking the country’s total tally of Covid cases to 3,45,18,901, while the active cases declined to 1,18,443, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,65,911 with 249 fresh fatalities,  according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 45 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 148 consecutive days now.

The active cases comprise 0.34 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national Covid recovery rate was recorded at 98.31 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 4,271 cases has been recorded in the active Covid caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The 249 new fatalities include 196 from Kerala and 17 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,65,911 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,40,739 from Maharashtra, 38,175 from Karnataka, 37,495 from Kerala, 36,375 from Tamil Nadu, 25,095 from Delhi, 22,909 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,383 from West Bengal.