COVID-19 death toll climbs to 4,89,409

New Delhi (PTI): India has recorded 3,33,533 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 3,92,37,264, according to updated Union Health Ministry data Sunday.

Active cases rose to 21,87,205, while the death toll rose to 4,89,409 with 525 new fatalities, according to data updated as of 8 a.m.

Active cases account for 5.57 percent of the total number of infections, while the national COVID-19 cure rate has decreased to 93.18 percent, the ministry said.

An increase of 73,840 cases was recorded in the number of active COVID-19 cases within 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 17.78% while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 16.87%, according to the ministry.

The number of people who recovered from the disease rose to 3, 65, 60,560, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.25%.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign have exceeded 161.92 crores.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It crossed 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and broke above the crore mark on December 19.

India broke the grim milestone of two crores on May 4 and three crores on June 23.

The 525 new deaths include 132 from Kerala and 48 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,89,409 deaths have been reported in the country so far, including 1,42,071 from Maharashtra, 51,739 from Kerala, 38,563 from Karnataka, 37,178 from Tamil Nadu, 25,586 from Delhi, 23,038 from Uttar Pradesh and 20,302 from West Bengal.

The ministry pointed out that more than 70% of deaths are due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that the distribution of figures by state is subject to further verification and reconciliation.