India recorded 2.71 lakh fresh cases of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours with the Mumbai-Pune belt in Maharashtra registering the highest number of cases in the country, according to data released by the Health Ministry on Sunday.
As many as 314 people have died of Covid during the past 24-hour period which include 106 deaths from Kerala and 39 from West Bengal.
Maharashtra, one of the worst-hit states by the Covid pandemic, recorded as many as 42,462 new coronavirus infections out of which the Mumbai region, which comprises the metropolis and its satellite cities, recorded 20,924 new cases and the Pune region accounted for 11,519. There were 23 deaths registered in the state due to the disease.
Delhi reported 20,718 new Covid cases on Saturday, 15.5% lower than the previous day. The positivity rate in the national capital, however, remained at 30.64 per cent for the second straight day. The active Covid caseload stands at 93,407.
Fresh coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu reached the grim milestone of 24,000 infections in a single day and the new cases in Chennai neared the 9,000-mark.
In the northeast, Assam registered a 44 per cent jump in fresh cases as 3,390 more people tested positive for the infection, which is the biggest single-day spike since June 19 last year. The state has reported a positivity rate of 9.87 per cent and there are 17,777 active cases.
The country’s daily positivity rate saw a marginal improvement from 16.66 per cent to 16.28 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 13.69 per cent.
Meanwhile, the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide n drive has crossed the 156.76 crore mark, the ministry said.