New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The downward trend in daily COVID-19 cases continued in India on Friday after the country reported just 1.86 lakh fresh positives in the last 24 hours, the lowest single-day spike in 44 days, said the Union Health Ministry, adding that 3,660 deaths were recorded during the same period.

In a statement, the Health Ministry also said that India's total caseload stands at 2.75 crore, out of which 23.43 lakh are active cases. It said that India's recovery rate has improved to 90.34 per cent as 2.48 lakh patients have recovered from the infection.

However, 3.18 lakh patients have also succumbed to COVID-19 in India, taking the fatality rate to 1.15 per cent, said the Health Ministry, adding that 20.57 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide inoculation drive.

"Weekly positivity rate currently at 10.42 per cent and daily positivity rate at 9.00 per cent, less than 10 per cent for 4 consecutive days," the Health Ministry said.

Restrictions to continue in several states, UTs

Though cases are declining in India, several states and union territories (UTs) have refused to lift the restrictions, fearing cases might rise again. On Thursday, Maharashtra, Punjab and West Bengal announced that restrictions would continue in June too but hinted at some relaxations to revive the economy of their respective states.

Earlier, Delhi and Haryana had also extended the coronavirus-induced lockdowns. Before that, Uttar Pradesh and Puducherry last week also extended the restrictions and partial curfews in their states.

Downward trend in cases to continue

Though states and UTs have refused to lift the restrictions, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that the downward trend in cases will continue even if restrictions are "significantly" removed. However, it also warned against "laxity" and urged states and UTs to ensure that all necessary COVID-19 protocols are followed.

"We are achieving this in face of very significant restrictions in most states in addition to other tools and operations, including testing and COVID appropriate behaviour and vaccination efforts. Nonetheless, it is reassuring that we are on the downswing of the second wave and we do hope and believe that it will be sustained even when restrictions are gently, systematically and cautiously opened up," it said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma