India registers 3,17,532 new COVID-19 cases, highest in 249 days; active infections surge to 19,24,051

The active cases comprise 5.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.09 per cent, the health ministry said

Press Trust of India January 20, 2022 10:45:34 IST
India registers 3,17,532 new COVID-19 cases, highest in 249 days; active infections surge to 19,24,051

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New Delhi: India logged 3,17,532 new coronavirus infections, the highest in 249 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,82,18,773, which includes 9,287 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

The active cases rose to 19,24,051, the highest in 234 days, while the death toll climbed to 4,87,693 with 491 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.

There has been a 3.63 percent increase in Omicron cases since 19 January, 2022, the ministry said.

Experts said it is not possible to undertake genome sequencing of each and every sample but stressed that the current wave is largely being driven by Omicron.

The active cases comprise 5.03 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.09 percent, the ministry said.

An increase of 93,051 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The country had reported 3,11,170 cases in a single day on 15 May, 2021.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 16.41 percent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 16.06 percent, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,58,07,029, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.28 percent.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 159.67 crore.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 2020, 30 lakhs on 23 August, 40 lakhs on 5 September and 50 lakhs on 16 September. It went past 60 lakhs on September 28, 70 lakhs on October 11, crossed 80 lakhs on 29 October, 90 lakhs on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on 4 May, 2021 and three crore on 23 June.

The 491 new fatalities include 134 from Kerala and 49 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,87,693 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,41,934 from Maharashtra, 51,160 from Kerala, 38,486 from Karnataka, 37,073 from Tamil Nadu, 25,460 from Delhi, 22,990 from Uttar Pradesh and 20,193 from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 percent 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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