The death toll jumped to 5,27,991 with 26 fatalities which include five deaths reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8:00 am stated.
The active cases comprise 0.12% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has increased to 98.69%, the ministry said.
A decline of 1,631 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in 24-hour duration.
The daily positivity rate stood at 2.12% and the weekly positivity rate at 2.29%, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recovered from the viral disease surged to 4,38,73,430, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19%.
According to the ministry, 213.20 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country till date under the nationwide vaccination drive.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August 2020, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went ahead of the 60-lakh mark on 28 September and 70 lakh on 11 October. The country crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark in December.
The country surpassed the grim milestone of two crore on 4 May and three crore on 23 June last year. This year, it further crossed the four-crore mark on 25 January.
The 21 new fatalities include four from Maharashtra, three from Delhi, two each from Gujarat, Punjab, Nagaland and West Bengal.
(With inputs from PTI)
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