According to the government, 1,68,063 new cases of Coronavirus were reported in India today, 6.4% fewer than yesterday, which included 4,460 cases of the Omicron variant. Coronavirus-related deaths reached 277 in the past 24 hours.
Currently, there are 8,21,446 active cases in India or 2.29 percent of the total number. The Covid case count in India has increased to 3,58,75,790, while the death count has risen to 4,84,213.
On Monday, 1.79 lakh Covid cases were recorded across the country. Today, the positivity rate was 10.64 percent, down from 13.29 percent yesterday.
Up to now, India has administered 152.89 crore doses of vaccine. Indian officials began administering an extra “precautionary” dose on Monday. Health ministry officials say more than 9 lakh healthcare workers and 60-plus citizens with comorbid conditions received their third Covid vaccine on the first day.
Till now, the Ministry of Health has conducted 69.31 crore Covid tests, of which 15,79,928 were conducted yesterday.
The number of recoveries in India has risen to 3,45,70,131 after at least 69,959 have been completed in the past 24 hours. Overall, the recovery rate in India is 96.36 percent.
As of Monday, Maharashtra, one of the states most affected by COVID-19 cases, reported 33,470 new cases, including 1,247 cases of the Omicron variant, as well as eight deaths. Rajesh Tope, the Maharashtra health minister, confirmed that the third wave of the Coronavirus pandemic has begun and will peak by the end of January.
An advisory from the government’s top medical body says that, unless they are identified as high-risk, COVID-19 patients’ contacts don’t have to be tested. Among those who need not be tested are individuals who are asymptomatic and in community settings, patients who are discharged according to home isolation guidelines, and also those discharged from COVID-19 facilities, and individuals undertaking interstate domestic travel.
On Monday, Delhi reported 19,166 cases – every fourth person being tested for Covid is positive.
On Monday, Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Health Minister, urged states and union territories to ensure there are no lapses in the preparations for combating the Covid epidemic surge and advocated maintaining a holistic synergy for seamless management.