COVID-19 vaccine in PatnaNew Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Continuing its streak of low numbers of single-day coronavirus cases, India reported 12,881 new infections in the last 24 hours, even as its overall tally mounted to 1,09,50,201, health officials said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said there were 101 more Covid-19 fatalities, taking the overall death toll to 1,56,014.

For over a month, the country has recorded less than 15,000 new infections daily. Besides, the daily Covid death toll has been treading below the 200-mark for more than a month now.

The health ministry officials told on Tuesday that the average daily new infections for the last 15 days were oscillating between 9,000 to 12,000 while the deaths between 78 to 120.

On February 9, India had reported 9,110 new cases, the lowest this year so far. Last year, the lowest 9,633 cases were recorded on June 3.

As per the Ministry’s data, there are 1,37,342 active cases at present after 11,987 patients were discharged in a day. Till now, 1,06,56,845 persons have been discharged so far.

The recovery rate has increased to 97.32 per cent, while the fatality rate is down to 1.42 per cent.

The ministry also informed that 7,26,562 samples were tested on Wednesday. The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 20,87,03,791

Meanwhile, more than 9 million (94,22,228) doses of corona vaccine doses have been administered in India since the drive began on January 16 after approval for ‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’.

As per the Union Health Ministry, India has become the fastest nation in terms of the vaccine doses administered in the country, even though many countries had launched their vaccination campaigns earlier than her.

Source: IANS