Though the numbers have been dropping, experts caution that it can not be conclusively stated that India has crossed the peak in Covid-19 cases. "Our aim is to bring down case fatality rate below 1%", health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.
The new recoveries have exceeded the new confirmed cases in 25 States and UTs, the Ministry highlighted.
The ministry said that 75 % of the 61,267 new confirmed cases recorded in a span of 24 hours are from 10 States and UTs. Maharashtra continues to be the State reporting a very high number of new cases with more than 10,000 cases followed by Karnataka with more than 7,000 cases.
More than 29 per cent of new fatalities reported are from Maharashtra (263 deaths).
There are 907883 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 13.44 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. "With progressively falling positivity rate, testing has worked as an effective tool to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection", a tweet by the MoHFW read. Replying to a query, he said the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has an agreement with an Indian commercial entity, which has approached the Indian regulator for clinical trials of its Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, and the latter has given some suggestions that need to be incorporated by it.
"It is too early to take a call on the trend of active COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra".
The seven-day moving average for the daily new cases, which smoothens the curve, reveals that there is a perceptible decline over the past two weeks, since September 18.
About claims made under the Rs 50 lakh insurance scheme for frontline healthcare workers, Bhushan said payments have been made in 95 cases and 176 claims are under process.