According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry, India recorded 1,41,986 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is 21.3 per cent higher than yesterday. The total caseload in the country is 3,53,68,372.
Maharashtra has 40,925 cases, followed by West Bengal with 18,213 cases, Delhi with 17,335 cases, Tamil Nadu with 8,981 cases and Karnataka with 8,449 cases among the top five states reporting the highest number of cases.
These five states account for 66.14 per cent of the new Covid-19 cases, with Maharashtra alone accounting for 28.82 per cent of the new Covid-19 cases.
In the last 24 hours, there were 285 COVID related deaths in the country, taking the total number of deaths to 4,83,463.
Kerala (189) reported the highest casualties, followed by Maharashtra with 20 daily deaths.
India’s recovery rate is now 97.3 percent. A total of 40,895 patients of Kovid-19 have been cured in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured people across the country to 3,44,12,740.
India’s active Covid-19 caseload stands at 4,72,169. In the last 24 hours, there has been an increase of 1,00,806 active COVID-19 cases. India has given a total of 90,59,360 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of doses administered to 1,50. ,61,92,903. A total of 15,29,948 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, India recorded 64 new cases of the Omicron type of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. With this, the total caseload of Omicron in India has risen to 3,071, out of which 1,203 have been cured.
Current knowledge about Omicron:
Researchers in South Africa and around the world are conducting studies to better understand many aspects of Omicron and will continue to share the findings of these studies as they become available.
Transmissibility: It is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible (e.g., more easily spread from person to person) compared to other variants, including Delta. The number of people testing positive has risen in areas of South Africa affected by this variant, but epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if it is because of Omicron or other factors.