According to Union Health Ministry statistics updated this morning, India recorded 8,488 new coronavirus infections today, bringing the country’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 3,45,18,901, the lowest in 538 days. The number is the lowest since May of last year.
The country recorded 249 more deaths in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities since the outbreak’s inception to 4,65,911.
India’s active caseload stands at 1,18,443, the lowest in 534 days, with active cases continuing to account for less than one per cent of total cases in the country.
The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 45 straight days, and less than 50,000 for 148 consecutive days now.
Over 116 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive, said the Union Health Ministry today.