India registered 18,166 new Covid-19 cases during the past 24 hours pushing the country's infection caseload to 3,39,53,475, while the death toll reached 4,50,589 with 214 more fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said in an update on Sunday.

The active cases declined by 5,672 to stand at 2,30,971, the lowest in 208 days, which is now 0.68 percent of the total caseload.


In the span of the past 24 hours, 23,624 people recovered from the highly contagious virus, taking the total recovery count to 3,32,71,915, accounting for 97.99 percent of the case tally. The death rate stood at 1.33 percent.

COVID situation in India

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.42 percent, which has been below three percent for the last 41 days. The weekly positivity rate, too, at 1.57 percent was less than 3 percent for the last 107 days.

Covid test
Swab tests to people at City Railway station, after the Karnataka government eased restrictions amid ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in Bengaluru on Wednesday 25th August 2021Dhananjay Yadav/IANS

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that till now 58.25 crore (58,25,95,693) samples have been tested for the coronavirus. Of this, 12,83,212 were tested on Saturday.

The country has so far vaccinated 94,70,10,175 people with 66,85,415 being given a jab in the past day. This has been achieved through 92,12,314 sessions.

(With inputs from IANS)