India has registered several landmark achievements in the fight against the global pandemic, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said

India’s active COVID-19 caseload has fallen below 3 lakh; it stood at 2,92,518 on Tuesday, the lowest after 163 days.

According to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of active cases was 2,92,258 on July 12, 2020.

The share of Active Cases in the total Positive Cases has further shrunk below 3 per cent to 2.90 per cent and a net decline of 11,121cases has been recorded in the total active cases in the last 24 hours, the ministry added.

According to the latest data, India has also achieved a new low in daily cases. Less than 20,000 daily new cases - 19,556 - were added to the national tally in the last 24 hours after a gap of 173 days. On July 2, the number of new cases that were added stood at 19,148.

A perusal of the data shows that the seven-day moving average of daily new cases was a high 96,551 on September 11. This dropped to 62,212 on October 17 and 45,209 on November 29.

In a continuing trend, India’s active cases per million population are amongst the lowest in the world at 219. The figure is much higher for countries like the USA, Italy, Brazil, Turkey and Russia, the ministry noted.

In another positive development, the total recovered cases have crossed 96 lakhs and stand at 96,36,487. This translates to a Recovery Rate of 95.65 per cent. The gap between Recovered cases and Active cases continues to grow and is now at 93,43,969.

The last 24 hours saw 30,376 cases of recovery. New recoveries have been exceeding the new cases continuously since the last 25 days.

According to the ministry, 75.31 per cent of the new recovered cases were concentrated in 10 states and Union Territories (UTs). Maharashtra reported the maximum number of single day recoveries at 6,053 recoveries. It was followed by Kerala with 4,494 new recoveries and West Bengal with 2,342 daily recoveries.

When it comes to new cases, 75.69 per cent are concentrated in 10 States and UTs. Kerala reported the maximum daily new cases numbering 3,423 in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra recorded 2,834 new cases while West Bengal reported 1,515 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The health ministry also referred to the recent slide in the mortality rate. It attributed this to the high level of testing on a daily basis, combined with high levels of recoveries along with steadily declining new cases.

In this context, it pointed out that 10 states and UTs account for 76.74 per cent of the 301case fatalities reported in the past 24 hours. Of these, 18.27 per cent are from Maharashtra which reported 55 deaths. West Bengal and Kerala follow with 41 and 27 new deaths, respectively.