India sees decline in new COVID-19 cases, fresh fatalities rise in 24 hours


New Delhi: India saw a decline in COVID-19 cases, but the fatalities rose in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry’s data showed on Tuesday morning.

There were 2,63,533 new infections, alongside 4,329 coronavirus-related casualties, which notably was India’s highest single-day rise in COVID-19 deaths.

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The country’s total caseload has now increased to 2,52,28,996, while the death toll has soared to 2,78,719. There are now 33,53,765 active coronavirus cases in India. Ten states account for over 75% of active cases with Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu being the worst hit by the second wave of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to interact with field officials from states and districts to converse about their experience in handling the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday. Many of these districts have seen a huge surge in cases and widespread infection.

Through their interaction with the Prime Minister, the officials will share some best practices, in addition to suggestions and recommendations for continuing India’s ongoing battle against COVID-19, especially in semi-urban and rural areas.