Meanwhile, for the first time since June 26 last year, the count of active cases in the country fell below the 2 lakh mark on Tuesday, as most states continued to report more recoveries than new infections.
Kerala and Maharashtra, where 2,294 new cases were recorded, together contributed more than 61% of India’s case count on Tuesday. Maharashtra’s tally, however, has decreased in the past few days whereas the pandemic continues to rage in Kerala.
The test positivity rate in Kerala stood at 9.34%, the state government said while the count of active cases crossed 70,000 as the state saw 4,296 recoveries.
There were 160 deaths from the virus on Tuesday, higher than the toll in the previous two days, when 145 and 131 fatalities were recorded. Maharashtra continued to report the highest number of deaths at 50, followed by Kerala (26), Bengal (11), Delhi and Chhattisgarh (both 10).
Kerala and Maharashtra were the only two states to report fresh cases in four figures on Tuesday. Karnataka had the third highest case count at 645, followed by Tamil Nadu (543), Gujarat (485) and Bengal (412). In all these states, however, the pandemic appears to be on the wane, with daily numbers on the decline.
A day after recording the lowest cases in over 250 days, Maharashtra and Mumbai saw a marginal increase in daily Covid-19 cases. Mumbai reported 473 cases and eight fatalities. With this, the total cases in the city were 3,03,625 and the total fatalities stood at 11,259.
On Tuesday, there were less than 50,000 active cases in Maharashtra. The Centre again highlighted that Maharashtra had the second highest active cases in India after Kerala. Delhi continued to report a decline in cases with 231 new infections and 10 deaths in the city on Tuesday.