India reports 23,950 new Covid-19 cases

A health official takes a swab sample from a man to test for the Covid-19 at a testing centre in Allahabad. — AFP
A health official takes a swab sample from a man to test for the Covid-19 at a testing centre in Allahabad. — AFP

New Delhi - A total of 333 people died due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative toll to 146,444.



By ANI

Published: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 9:27 AM

A day after India reported the lowest single-day spike in 173 days since the virus outbreak, the country witnessed a slight surge in fresh Covid-19 infections with 23,950 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The overall cases in the country have now reached 10,099,066, including 289,240 active cases. The trend of daily new recoveries outnumbering fresh infections continues with 26,895 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours. The total recoveries have now reached 9,663,382.

A total of 333 people died due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative toll to 146,444.

Kerala with 61,635 active infections is now the worst-affected state followed by Maharashtra with 59,502 active cases.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 164,268,721 samples tested up to December 22. Of these, 1,098,164 samples were tested on Tuesday.

The health ministry announced that the share of active cases in the total positive cases has further shrunk below to 2.90 per cent, which is the lowest after 163 days and the recovery rate improved to 95.65 per cent.


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