India on Tuesday reported its lowest single day COVID-19 case spike in 119 days, even as the death toll rose sharply. There were 31,443 fresh cases and 2,020 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. As per Health Ministry data, the active case load has now dropped to 4,31,315 - the lowest in 109 days.
The recovery rate has now increased to 97.28% while the weekly positivity rate presently stands at 2.28%. At the same time, India's inoculation drive continues to gain momentum with 38.14 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses being administered thus far.
"More than 39.46 crore (39,46,94,020) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through all sources and a further 12,00,000 doses are in the pipeline. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 37,55,38,390 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today). More than 1.91 Cr (1,91,55,630) balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs and private hospitals to be administered," a PIB press note from the Health Ministry explained.
At the state level, Maharashtra and Kerala lead the rankings with over one lakh active cases each. While there are daily fluctuations, some states have shown a slight rise in cases over the last 24 hours. In recent days, healthcare experts have warned that a third wave of the pandemic was "imminent" with some even postulating that the wave had already begun at the beginning of this month.