India logged in 4,03,738 fresh Covid cases and 4,092 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the overall Covid tally to 2.22 crore. Notably, the country saw over 4 lakh daily infections for the fourth time in a week and over 4,000 deaths for the second straight day.
The number of active cases stands at 3,736,648 and 18,317,404 people have recovered since the start of the pandemic, said the health ministry.
However, the Covid numbers have declined marginally over the past three days after hitting a peak of 4,14,554 on Thursday.
In the absence of a nationwide lock down a number of states have imposed complete lockdown to curb the virus spread. Tamil Nadu was the latest to impose a state-wide lockdown from May 10 to May 24.
9 states/UTs have reported a dip in Covid active cases including Maharashtra (-26,552), Uttar Pradesh (-8382), Delhi (-3128).
More than 40 percent of India’s 741 districts, or 301 of them, had a Covid-19 positivity rate of 20 percent or more for the week from May 1 to May 7, reported the TOI quoting data by the health ministry on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Saturday set up a 12-member National Task Force (NTF) to facilitate public health response to Covid-19, including streamlining of oxygen distribution in the country, based on scientific and specialized domain knowledge.