New Delhi: After three days of continuous rise in cases that have stayed above 40,000 cases, India on Saturday reported 38,628 new Covid-19 cases down from 44,643 cases reported a day earlier. The new tally shows a dip of more than 6,000 cases in a single day as the country reported 6,105 fewer cases in the last 24 hours.
This is a welcome dip after the cases rose by more than 1000 cases on Friday.
On the other hand, the number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours went up to 617 fatalities up from 463 deaths reported the previous day. This was the first day when fatalities breached the 600-mark after seven days where deaths remained under the 600-mark.
India is seeing a surge in cases after new infections had dipped below 30,000 daily cases after 132 days on July 27.
However, the number of outpatients dropped from 41,096 recoveries to 40,017 recoveries in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 3,10,55,861 outpatients.
With these additions, the total number of cases reported since the start of the pandemic has risen to 3,18,95,385 while the death toll stands at 4,27,371 lives lost so far.
Active cases in the country have also decreased from 4,14,159 cases on Friday to 4,12,153 cases on Saturday. India crossed another milestone on Friday as it crossed the 50-crore inoculations in the last 24 hours. As per the data shared by the Health Ministry, India has so far has administered 50,10,09,609 doses so far since January 16, 2021.
As many as 47,65,33,650 samples have been tested so far since the start of the pandemic last year, said the India Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Out of this, 16,40,287 were tested in the past 24 hours alone.
The new infections had stayed above 200,000-mark since April 15. The new cases have been increasing at an alarming pace since the country broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported 1,03,558 new Covid-19 cases.
Within a fortnight, the numbers doubled, which sounded alarm bells throughout the country as medical infrastructure, doctors and patients grappled with resource crunch. India had crossed the grim milestone of two crores on May 4.