The number is the lowest in 106 days since July 28 when the active cases in the country stood at 4,96, 988

For the first time in over three months, India has been able to bring down the active cases of COVID-19 below the 5-lakh mark. The total recoveries have crossed the 80-lakh mark.

According to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday morning, the number of active cases in the country has fallen to 4,94,657 amounting to 5.73 per cent of the total positive cases.

This is the lowest in 106 days since July 28 when the active cases in the country stood at 4,96, 988.

“This also indicates a sustained trend of declining active cases in the country. It assumes higher significance in the context of several countries across the globe reporting a surge in the number of new cases. This landmark achievement has been made possible by the Centre's sustained, graded and targeted strategies, their effective implementation by the States/UTs, dedicated and selfless service of doctors and all other COVID-19 warriors.” the ministry said in a statement.

Around 27 states and union territories in India have active cases below 20,000, the ministry said further. The Ministry tweeted about the same and wrote, “#India scales several unprecedented peaks in the last 24 hours.” “27 States/UTs have less than 20,000 active cases. Just 8 States/UTs have more than 20,000 cases,” it said further.

These eight states include Chandigarh with 20,725 active cases, Andhra Pradesh with 20,958 active cases, Uttar Pradesh with 22,846 active cases, Karnataka with 31, 082 active cases, West Bengal with 33,444 active cases and Delhi with 41,385 active cases.

Maharashtra and Kerala have over 50,000 active cases at 93,400 and 78,812 cases respectively.

Amid this, India continues to report more recoveries on a daily basis than the daily average of reported cases. India in the past 24 hours reported 50,326 recoveries taking the total number of recoveries to 80,13,783.

“This is the 39th Day of daily recoveries exceeding the daily new cases. Total Recoveries have thus also risen in the corresponding period along with the difference between Total Recoveries and Total Active Cases,” the ministry said in a statement.

The gap between Recovered cases and Active cases has widened 75,19,126. The Recovery Rate has increased to 92.79 per cent, the ministry said further.

The maximum number of recoveries were reported from Maharashtra with 6,718 recoveries followed by 6,698 of Kerala and 6,157 of Delhi.

West Bengal and Karnataka reported over 4,000 recoveries each while Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh each reported over 2,000 recoveries. Haryana also reported around 1,826 recoveries in the past 24 hours.

In another milestone, India has crossed 12 crore cumulative tests. 11,53,294 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours in the country.

“The trend of daily low cases has been made possible by an exponential increase in the testing infrastructure. High testing has aided in early identification of the infected population, thus preventing the transmission of the virus to the non-infected,” it said.

On the other hand, India reported around 44,281 cases and 512 deaths in the past 24 hours. Delhi emerged as the single largest contributor of cases with 7,830 cases and 83 deaths in the past 24 hours.

With this, the total number of cases in India crossed the 86-lakh mark. The total number of cases have reached 86,36,011 including 1,27,571 deaths.