India Reports 3,47,254 Fresh Covid cases, 703 Deaths In 24 hours

New Delhi: India recorded near to 3.50 lakh fresh covid cases on Friday. A nine percent jump from yesterday’s 3.17 lakh cases which was also the highest in eight months. With a tally of 3.85 crore cases, India is the second worst-hit country after the US.

The active cases now comprise 5.23 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.50 per cent. The daily positivity rate is up from 16.41% to 17.94% while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 16.56 per cent.

The overall count of the highly infectious Omicron variant reached 9,692 today with 29 states reporting cases of the new strain.

The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country have crossed the 160-crore mark. 94 per cent of India’s adults have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 72 per cent are fully vaccinated, according to the government.

As many as 703 people have died of Covid during the past 24-hour period, according to the Health Ministry. Thirteen states have reported more than 10 deaths.

Maharashtra, one of the worst-hit states by the Covid pandemic, recorded 46,197 fresh coronavirus cases, including 125 Omicron infections, and 37 related deaths. The daily tally was 2,500 more than a day ago when the state had reported 43,697 cases.

Neighbouring Gujarat recorded 24,485 new cases, the highest single-day spike so far, pushing up its tally above the 10-lakh mark, while 13 patients died due to infection, the state health department said.

Delhi on Thursday reported 43 Covid deaths, which is the highest number of deaths due to the viral infection since June 10 last year when 44 people had died. The national capital logged 12,306 new Covid cases, which is 10.72 per cent lower than yesterday’s number (13,785). The number of total Covid cases in the city is 17,60,272.

In the south, Kerala registered its highest-ever single-day spike since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020. The 46,387 fresh coronavirus cases took the total caseload in the state to 54,87,898.

Assam registered nearly a five per cent fall in fresh COVID-19 cases compared to the previous day as 7,929 more people tested positive for the infection. The coronavirus cases were rising continuously for the past three days.

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,480,481 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to news agency AFP.

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