New Delhi: Witnessing a slight dip of 1,727 cases from the previous day, India on Saturday (June 19) recorded 60,753 new COVID-19 cases, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 1,647 deaths were reported during the same period as recoveries rose from 88,977 on Friday to 97,743 on Saturday. Active cases in the country have declined by 38,637 in the past 24 hours to 7,60,019 which is the lowest in 74 days.
With these additions, the total caseload of the nation has now risen to 2,98,23,546.
3,85,137 people have succumbed to the virus since last year while 2,86,78,390 people have recovered from it.
The recovery rate stands at 96.16 per cent, said the Health Ministry.
It is also the 37th consecutive day that recoveries have outnumbered daily cases.
On the vaccination front, 27,23,88,783 doses have been administered since January 16 out of which 33,00,085 were given in the past 24 hours alone.
India has faced a brutal second wave of the pandemic that has left millions infected and thousands dead.
Cases in the country started going up in April with the 1-lakh barrier being crossed on April 5, 2021.
10 days later the figure doubled and a week later it doubled even further as the health infrastructure was pushed to its limits.
Infections crossed the 2 crore mark on May 4 and the government announced the start of Phase-III of the vaccination drive from May 1 in order to vaccinate people between the age of 18-45 at a quick pace.