India records 2,82,970 new COVID cases, 441 deaths; positivity rate rises to 15.13%

India records 2,82,970 new COVID cases, 441 deaths; positivity rate rises to 15.13%

New Delhi: India has recorded 2,82,970 (2 lakh 82 thousand 9 hundred and 70) new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry informed on Wednesday morning. The daily case positivity rate has once again increased to 15.13 per cent.

The case positivity rate on Tuesday stood at 14.23 per cent.

The cases reported by the country in the last 24 hours are highest till date in the ongoing third wave of COVID-19 pandemic. There has been rise of 18.88 per cent in cases today as compared to 2,38,018 (2 lakh 28 thousand and 18) infections recorded on Tuesday.

Notably, the new cases reported by India in the last 24 hours are highest in 248 days. Most number of fresh infections were reported from Karnataka (41,457), Maharashtra (39,207) and Kerala (28,481).

Omicron cases in India

In the last 24 hours, India has seen a rise of 0.79 per cent in Omicron cases. Now, the country tally of the new COVID variant has risen to 8,961.

COVID deaths in India

There was a rise in COVID deaths in the country in the last 24 hours. As many as 441 fatalities due to COVID were reported since yesterday.

A total of 4,87,202 (4 lakh 87 thousand 2 hundred and 2) patients have died so far due to coronavirus.

COVID recoveries in India

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), 1,88,157 (1 lakh 88 thousand 1 hundred and 57) patients have recovered from COVID-19.

The cumulative recoveries in the country has now increased to 3,55,83,039 (3 crore 55 lakh 83 thousand and 39). India’s recovery rate now is at 93.88 per cent.

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Active cases of COVID in India

There are 18,31,000 (18 lakh 31 thousand) active cases of COVID-19 in India. The health ministry informed that active cases stand at 4.83 per cent of the total cases.

India COVID vaccination

The nationwide vaccination drive against COVID was started in India on January 16, 2021. Since then, 158.88 crore (1,58,88,47,554) doses have been administered in the country.

As per MoHFW, in the last 24 hours, 76,35,229 (76 lakh 35 thousand 2 hundred and 29) people have been administered COVID vaccine in the country. Of there 17,23,165 (17 lakh 23 thousand 1 hundred and 65) received their first dose, while 41,40,530 (41 lakh 40 thousand 5 hundred and 30) people got their second dose of COVID vaccine.

Vaccination drive for children between 15 and 18 years was started in the country on January 3 this year. So far, total of 3,73,04,693 (3 crore 73 lakh 4 thousand 6 hundred and 93) children have received their first dose of COVID vaccine.

In the last 24 hours, 12,03,659 (12 lakh 3 thousand 6 hundred and 59) children between 15 and 18 years have got inoculated.

The drive to administer precaution dose or third dose (also referred as booster shot) was started in the country on January 10 this year. Under this healthcare workers, frontline workers, and people above 60 years of age with comorbidities are being vaccinated with the dose. 

Till date 56,66,263 (56 lakh 66 thousand 2 hundred and 63) precaution doses have been administered. In the last 24 hours, 5,67,875 (5 lakh 67 thousand 8 hundred and 75) people got vaccinated with the precaution dose across the country.

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COVID testing

The health ministry on Tuesday flagged that many states and Union Territories were reporting decline in COVID testing. They were ordered to increase the testing to contain the spread of the virus.

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According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 18,69,642 (18 lakh 69 thousand 6 hundred and 42) samples were tested for COVID in the country in the last 24 hours.

So far, total of 70,74,21,650 (70 crore 74 lakh 21 thousand 6 hundred and 50) samples have been tested for COVID-19 across the country.

first published:Jan. 19, 2022, 10:44 a.m.

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