Continuing the trend of active Covid-19 cases dropping, India on Friday reported 6,95,509 active cases — the number of people infected with the virus at present. In the last 24 hours, 54,366 new cases and 690 deaths have been registered. The number of active cases has been witnessing a steady decline in the current week. On Tuesday, the number was 7,48,538, on Wednesday 7,40,090, and on Thursday it was 7,15,812. The health ministry on Friday said India’s cumulative positivity rate is 7.81 per cent while the daily positivity rate is 3.8 per cent. 14 states and Union territories, including Delhi, West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Ladakh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Chandigarh, Nagaland, Kerala, Puducherry and Maharashtra, are reporting positivity rate higher than India average. “This indicates a need for aggressive and widespread testing,” the ministry said.