New Delhi: India has recorded 2.85 lakh Covid cases over the past 24 hours, 11 per cent higher than yesterday, with a marginal rise in the positivity rate as compared to yesterday.
The test positivity rate, which is an indicator of the spread within the community, increased from 15.52 per cent yesterday to 16.16 per cent over the past 24 hours.
665 Covid-related deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, slightly up from the 614 deaths recorded yesterday.
The country's active caseload now stands at 22 lakh -- 5.5 per cent of the total number of infections so far.
The recovery rate now stands at 93.23 per cent, with 2.99 lakh recoveries in the past 24 hours. The country has seen 3.73 crore recoveries from the infection so far.
A total of 72.05 crore samples have been tested so far, with 17.69 lakh of them tested over the past 24 hours.
According to the Reuters report the US government has started to distribute free non-surgical "N95" masks to public. Almost 400 million masks will be donated to the public from its strategic national stockpile at various pharmacies, stores, and community health centers across the country.
World Health Organisation has stated that over 21 million new coronavirus cases were reported around the world last week, representing the highest number of weekly cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. The global health body also emphasised that the Omicron variant is becoming dominant due to its significant growth advantage, higher secondary attack rate and observed reproduction number as compared to the Delta.
The Union Health Ministry of India will be holding a Covid-19 media briefing tomorrow at 4 pm.