India adds 15,815 new COVID cases, 68 deaths in 24 hours

India reported 15,815 new COVID-19 cases and 68 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday , according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The active cases came down by 4,271 in a span of 24 hours to stand at 1,19,264, constituting 0.27 per cent of the total cases. The new 15,815 coronavirus infections and 68 deaths pushed the overall figures to 4,42,39,372 cases and 5,26,996 deaths.

As India continues to record an average of 15,000 daily coronavirus cases, the Centre has asked states to ensure there are no large gatherings for Independence Day celebrations, and that everyone follows Covid protocols.

Delhi reported 2,136 new COVID-19 infections and 10 deaths on Friday, according to data shared by the state health department. The city has a positivity rate of 15.02 per cent. Friday was the 10th consecutive day when the national capital city logged more than 2,000 daily cases.

With 2,443,064 more Covid-19 vaccine doses being administered on August 12, India’s total count of vaccine shots so far reached 2,077,162,098.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (8068218), Kerala (6735308), Karnataka (4028117), Tamil Nadu (3557254), and Andhra Pradesh (2334493).

The five states with the most active cases are Punjab (13940), Maharashtra (11856), Karnataka (10395), Kerala (9331), and Delhi (8343).

The five states with the highest fatalities are Maharashtra (148167), Kerala (70626), Karnataka (40181), Tamil Nadu (38033), and Delhi (26367).