New Delhi, May 12 (UNI): For the second consecutive day, India recorded a slight drop in the daily cases after reporting 3,48,421 new infections and 4,205 deaths in the last 24 hours, Union Health Ministry data on Wednesday updated.
As many as 3,55,338 people were discharged in the same period. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country has reached 2,33,40,938, out of which, 37,04,099 are active cases, 2,54,197 people have lost their lives while 1,93,82,642 have recovered.
Maharashtra reported about 41,000 cases, much lower than its average in the last few weeks. Karnataka, Kerala continue to report around 40,000 cases each. Of the 4,205 deaths reported on Tuesday, the highest ever, Maharashtra reported more than 800 deaths. Six states — Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, apart from Maharashtra — reporting more than 200 deaths a day.
Nearly 30 lakh infections have been recorded in India since May 5. Death toll passed the 2.5 lakh-mark on Wednesday morning, the Health Ministry data showed.
The fresh surge takes active cases to 37,04,099; overall cases rose to 2.33 crore. The positivity rate stood at 17.56%.
The data on Tuesday said to hit hard by the second wave, nearly 90 per cent of the country is witnessing a high positivity rate, stressing that 640 districts out of the 734 are above the national threshold level of five per cent.
Mucormycosis, a rare but serious fungal infection is now affecting coronavirus patients. The first cases were reported in Gujarat last year, moving on to Delhi and Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, WHO has warned against the use of ivermectin, an orally-administered drug used to treat parasitic infections, for treatment of Covid-19 patients. Earlier this week, Goa approved the use of ivermectin as a preventive treatment for all adults against the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes the Covid-19 disease.
Worldwide, 15.96 crore infections have been reported since the pandemic broke.