As many 44,111 new COVID-19 cases and 738 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.

With 57,477 recoveries in the last 24 hours, daily recoveries continued to outnumber the daily new cases for the 51st consecutive day.

With this, the cumulative tally of positive COVID-19 cases in the country stands at 3,05,02,362, including 2,96,05,779 recoveries, 4,01,050 deaths and 4,95,533 active cases.

The active tally is less than five lakh after 97 days and it constitutes 1.62 percent of the total cases.

As per health ministry data, the daily positivity rate is below 5 percent for the 26th consecutive day and today it stands at 2.35 percent while the weekly positivity rate is currently at 2.50 percent.

Meanwhile, the national recovery rate increased to 97.06 percent.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 41,64,16,463samples were tested for COVID-19 up to July 2, 2021, of these, 18,76,036 samples were tested yesterday.

The Union Health Ministry further informed that the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered under the nationwide vaccination drive has reached 34,46,11,291. (ANI)