Daily positivity fell further to 8.36%, remaining below 10% for five consecutive days, while the weekly positivity rate fell to 9.84%, he said.
The death toll climbed to 3.22,512 with 3,617 dead, according to data updated at 8 a.m.
In addition, 20,80,048 tests were carried out on Friday, bringing the total of cumulative tests conducted so far for the detection of COVID-19 in the country to 34,11,19,909, the ministry said.
Active cases declined further to 22.28,724, or 8.04% of total infections, while the national cure rate from COVID-19 improved to 90. 80%, he said.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease has climbed to 2,51,78,011 while the case fatality rate stands at 1.16 percent, the data shows.
India’s COVID-19 tally crossed 20 lakh on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.
It topped 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and crossed the one crore mark on December 19. India hit the grim 2 crore milestone on May 4.