The new covid cases had registered a 7 per cent drop compared to the number of infections recorded the previous day, the ministry said.
With the new fatalities in the last 24 hours, the tally of total deaths due to covid has reached to 4,65,349.
For 43 consecutive days, the new infections registered daily have been below 20,000. In addition to this, the fresh cases have been below 50,000 for 146 continuous days.
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Of these fatalities, Kerala reported 204 deaths, followed by 15 in Maharashtra, nine in West Bengal, 13 in Tamil Nadu, four in Karnataka and three each in Punjab and Odisha, two each in Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Puducherry, and one each in Assam, Gujarat, Sikkim, Rajasthan and Telangana.
The total number of active cases in the country stands at 1,24,868 -- the lowest in 531 days.
Chennai and Coimbatore accounted for the majority of new infections with 120 and 119 cases, respectively.
The daily positivity rate is 0.96, less than two per cent for the last 47 days. The weekly positivity rate was 0.93 per cent. It has been below two per cent for the last 57 days.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 3,39,09,708 while the case fatality rate was 1.35 per cent.
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On the vaccination front, 51,59,931 people have been administered the vaccine in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall beneficiaries to 1,15,79,69,274.
On Friday, India administered 46,31,286 doses of vaccines.