India registered below 31,000 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
This is the first time in the past few months that COVID-19 cases which reduced to 30,548 new cases.
According to the Union Health Ministry, in the past 24 hours, India reported the lowest 30,548 new COVID-19 cases.
The last time India recorded less than 30,000 daily cases was on the 15th of July, a total of 29,429 cases of COVID-19.
The daily case load was 25 per cent lower than yesterday’s 41,100, though there has not been a significant change in the number of fatalities. India now has more than 88.45 lakh total coronavirus cases, and 1.3 lakh deaths related to COVID-19. In the last 24 hours, 435 people died of the viral disease.
The drop in infections comes with a fall in positivity rate to 3.5 per cent, despite no let-up in the national testing average (8.6 lakh samples tested in the last 24 hours against 8 lakh day before).
However, many states with high infection rate, including Delhi, tested fewer samples in view of Diwali reducing the daily infections detected.
The sudden drop in daily case count also comes amid a slow but steady surge in northern states, including Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
An urgent coronavirus meeting was called by Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, which is in the midst of a third wave that is showing no signs easing. He released a set of 12 measures to contain the pandemic in Delhi, which reported almost 3,000 cases yesterday as testing dropped to one-third of usual.
Delhi, which has been reporting an average of 7,000 a day for the past week, recorded the second highest numbers.
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