India logs 2.40 lakh new nCoV cases, 3,741 deaths

New Delhi, May 23 (Agency) India has recorded less than 3 lakh daily new cases of the Novel Coronavirus for seven consecutive days now, the Union Health Ministry said here on Sunday. India reported 2,40,842 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the infection tally to 2,65,30,132, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

Besides, the country also saw 3,741 more fatalities due to the virus, pushing the toll to 2,99,266. India’s daily recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the ninth consecutive day. A total of 3,55,102 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours. India’s cumulative recoveries have reached 2,34,25,467 today. The National Recovery Rate has grown further to touch 88.30 per cent.

On the other hand, India’s total Active Caseload has decreased to 28,05,399 today. A net decline of 1,18,001 is witnessed in the last 24 hours. It now comprises 10.57 per cent of the country’s total Positive Cases. The National Mortality Rate currently stands at 1.13 per cent. Ten states account for 73.88 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (682), Karnataka follows with 451 daily deaths, Tamil Nadu (448), Uttar Pradesh (218), Punjab (201), Delhi (182), Kerala (176), West Bengal (154), Uttarakhand (134) and Andhra Pradesh (118).

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 32,86,07,937 samples have been tested for coronavirus up to May 22. ‘With more than 21.23 lakh tests conducted in the last 24 hours, India has again set a new record of highest tests conducted in a single day. This is also the fifth successive day of more than 20 lakh tests in India,’ the Ministry said. India has significantly ramped up its testing capacity to about 25 lakh tests per day, since January 2020. Cumulatively, 21,23,782 tests conducted in the last 24 hours in the country. On a declining trajectory, the Daily Positivity Rate has declined to 11.34 per cent.