New Delhi: India reported 1,27,952 new Covid cases today, 14% lower than yesterday. The positivity rate fell to 7.9%.The active cases constitute 3.16 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 95.64 per cent.
Since December, the number of Covid cases has been rising rapidly due to the new variant Omicron. India’s active caseload currently stands at 13,31,648.
There were 1,059 new Covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours. The death count from COVID-19 crossed 500,000 on Friday, a level many health experts say was breached last year but obscured by inaccurate surveys and unaccounted dead in the hinterlands, where millions remain vulnerable to the disease.
At least 2,30,814 recoveries in the last 24 hours took the total number of recoveries to 4,02,47,902.
The daily Covid positivity rate stands at 7.98 per cent while the weekly positivity rate stands at 11.21 per cent.
The new cases were recorded after 16,03,856 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. A total of 73.79 crore Covid tests have been conducted in India till now.
Nearly 169 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have so far been administered in the country, the health ministry said. Over 42 lakh (42,95,142) vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm on Friday.
Delhi reported 2,272 fresh COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths, while the positivity rate dropped to 3.85 per cent. The national capital has relaxed COVID-19 restrictions further in view of a dip in the number of cases.
Maharashtra reported 13,840 new cases during the last 24 hours. State health minister Rajesh Tope has said the number of cases had begun declining statewide and predicted that the third wave of the pandemic might get over by the second or third week of March.
Kerala reported 38,684 new cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours while 28 people died.
The US death count from the Covid-19 pandemic surpassed 900,000 on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker. The count had hit 800,000 dead in mid-December, just a month and a half ago.