New Delhi:

India saw 3,86,452 new coronavirus infections in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day rise so far, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,87,62,976, while active cases crossed the 31-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The death toll increased to 2,08,330 with 3,498 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. Covid-19 deaths scripted a new record in the state of UP on Thursday with the loss of one life every five minutes. As many as 298 deaths were reported in 24 hours, taking the total to 12,238. The number of deaths was highest in a single day.

The second wave of Covid-19 has delivered a shocker, with around 30% of those who died in Karnataka due to Covid had no comorbidities.

It effectively means, people with healthy lifestyle have succumbed to the virus. A review of the state’s mortality data for the past week shows that 50 Covid-19 positive persons without any comorbidities have died in Bengaluru and other districts every day.

Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 31,70,228 comprising 16.90 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has further dropped to 81.99 per cent.

India has added about 7.7 million cases to its total caseload since the end of February, when its second wave picked up steam, according to a Reuters tally. In contrast, it took India nearly six months to add the previous 7.7 million cases.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 15 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. Cumulatively, 15,00,20,648 vaccine doses have been administered through 22,07,065 sessions, according to the provisional report till 7 am.

These include 93,67,520 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 61,47,918 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,23,19,903 FLWs who have received the first dose and 66,12,789 FLWs who have taken the second dose.

Besides, 5,14,99,834 and 98,92,380 beneficiaries more than 60 years old have been administered first and second dose respectively and 5,10,24,886 and 31,55,418 beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years have taken the first and second dose respectively.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1, 53,84,418. The case fatality rate stands 1.11 per cent, the data stated. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 1.50 crore on April 19.

 Day after adding nearly 1,000 deaths, the state reported a dip in deaths and added 771 Covid-19 fatalities.

Mumbai reported 82 deaths, the highest in a day so far this year. The daily case fatality rate in the state and city has also been on the rise. The daily CFR of the state on Thursday was 1.1%, while the city had a CFR of 1.9%.

With the addition on Thursday, the state’s total death toll rose to 67,985 and the city’s to 13,036.The daily Covid-19 positivity rate has been below the 10-day average for the last three days, informed Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday, adding that this was a small ray of hope and it looks like the case positivity may reduce slowly in the coming days.

"Over the last 1.5 months, the daily positivity (rate) had never been below the 10-day average, but in the last three days, it has been below. So we can see a small ray of hope, it seems the positivity rate will gradually come down from here," Jain said.

According to the ICMR, 28,63,92,086 samples have been tested up to April 29 with 19,20,107 samples being tested on Thursday.