India reports 1,59,632 new Covid cases, 327 deaths in 24 hrs

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The new fatalities have increased the nationwide death toll to 4,83,790. The active caseload has jumped to 5,90,611, accounting for 1.66 percent of the country’s total positive cases….reports Asian Lite News

Amid an unabated resurgence, India registered 1,59,632 new Covid cases and 327 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday.

The new fatalities have increased the nationwide death toll to 4,83,790. The active caseload has jumped to 5,90,611, accounting for 1.66 percent of the country’s total positive cases.

Meanwhile, the Omicron case tally has climbed to 3,623, of which 1,409 have been discharged from hospitals.

So far total 27 states have reported the new variant, according to the Ministry.

The recovery of 40,863 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 3,44,53,603. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 96.98 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 15,63,566 tests were conducted across the country, bringing the total to over 69 crore.

Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate has climbed to 6.77 per cent due to the sudden spike of new cases. The daily positivity rate stands at 10.21 per cent.

With the administration of over 89 lakh vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid inoculation coverage reached 151.57 crore as of Sunday morning.

Night curfew returns in Maharashtra

Maharashtra Covid-19 cases remained above 40,000 mark but its variant Omicron infections shot above the 1,000 mark, as the state entered into an era of night curfew, besides extending closure of all schools till February 15, health officials said here on Saturday.

The state reported a slight spike in Covid-19 infections and ‘suspect cases’ whose samples have been sent for genome sequencing touched 900 for the day.

The state Covid-19 count shot up – from 40,925 on Friday to 41,434 cases on Saturday – and fatalities dropped from 20 a day earlier to 13 on Saturday, while the mortality rate fell from 2.07 per cent to 2.05 per cent.

After recording zero Omicron infections on Friday, the number suddenly shot up to 133 of the variant on Saturday, with tally crossing the 1K mark to touch 1,009, with Mumbai remaining at the top of the list.

Delhi’s daily Covid cases cross 20K mark

Meanwhile, Delhi on Saturday reported 20,181 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest in last eight months and also the highest single-day rise after May 5 when the tally was at 20,960. The new cases have pushed the infection tally to 15,26,979 in the national capital.

Total 7 Covid deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 25,143.

Meanwhile, the Covid infection rate in the city has climbed to 19.60 per cent, highest in last eight months. According to the Delhi Health department, the city had recorded 21.66 per cent positivity rate on May 9 last year.

The number of active Covid cases have jumped to 48,178, highest since May 18. According to the Health Department, Delhi had recorded the highest 50,163 active Covid cases on May 18 last year.

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