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India reported 38,949 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, when 40,026 people were also discharged from hospital, taking the recoveries from the pandemic go past number of new infections.

On Friday according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, 542 deaths were reported in 24 hours -- one of the least since April due to the virus.

A total of 3,01,83,876 people have been discharged from hospitals and health centres till date as the virus-infected less than one lakh people for the last 38 days.

The active cases have now come down below 5 lakh. The country has 4,30,422 active cases presently and has witnessed a total of 4,12,531 deaths so far.

The Ministry said that a total of 39,53,43,767 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 38,78,078 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 44,00,23,239 samples have been tested up to July 15 for Covid-19. Of these 19,55,910 samples were tested on Thursday.

The positivity rate has been less than three per cent for 25 consecutive days, it said.

The weekly positivity rate stands at 2.14 per cent, according to the health ministry.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh-mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16 last year.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one crore-mark on December 19 last year.

India crossed two crore cases on May 4 and three crore cases on June 23.

The 542 new fatalities included 170 deaths from Maharashtra and 87 from Kerala, the ministry said.

In total, 4,12,531 deaths have been reported in the country, including 1,26,560 from Maharashtra, 36,037 from Karnataka, 33,606 from Tamil Nadu, 25,022 from Delhi, 22,705 from Uttar Pradesh, 17,970 from West Bengal and 16,212 from Punjab.

The ministry said that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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