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Thursday, January 20, 2022

2.64 lakh new cases in India, positivity rate increased from 13% to 14.7%

Active cases comprise 3.48 per cent of the total infections.

New Delhi:
India saw a jump of 6.7 per cent in new Covid cases as it added 2.64 lakh new infections in the last 24 hours, the highest in 239 days. The health ministry said the Covid deaths rose by 315, taking the total death toll to 485,350 now.

Here are the top 10 updates on Coronavirus in India:

  1. According to the Ministry of Health, 5,753 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in India. There has been a 4.83 percent increase in Omron’s cases since Thursday.

  2. Active cases have increased to 12,72,073, which is the highest in 220 days. Active cases now comprise 3.48 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has come down to 95.20 per cent.

  3. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 14.78 percent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 11.83 percent. The cumulative dose administered in the country so far under the nationwide immunization drive has exceeded 155.39 crore, the ministry said.

  4. Maharashtra, one of the worst-hit states by the Covid pandemic, added 46,406 new coronavirus cases, 317 fewer than the day before, and 36 more fatalities linked to the infection. No new Omicron infection was reported in the state.

  5. Delhi saw the biggest daily spike in Covid infections with 28,867 new Covid cases on Thursday, as the positivity rate rose to 29 per cent, indicating that for every three tests conducted, one person is testing positive.

  6. Kerala added over 10,000 fresh cases for the second day, with the state recording 13,468 new infections, taking the caseload to 53,17,490. The southern state had reported 12,742 cases a day earlier. According to a government release, 117 people have also died in Kerala, taking the death toll in the state to 50,369.

  7. Experts on Thursday said that one cannot conclude that the ongoing wave of the coronavirus pandemic is over in Delhi entirely on the basis of hospitalization data, as the number of cases and positivity rates continue to rise in the city. Is.

  8. A deadly wave of the COVID-19 delta variant killed 240,000 people in India between April and June in 2021 and impeded economic recovery, a UN report warned on Thursday of “similar episodes” in the near term. can be in. The flagship United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2022 report also said that the human and economic toll of the pandemic is projected to rise again, with new waves of infections of the highly permeable Omicron variant.

  9. India has entered its third year of battle against “one of the biggest pandemics in 100 years”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday after meeting chief ministers to discuss the unprecedented spike in Covid infections. Vaccination is the best bet against coronavirus, PM Modi insisted, adding that around 70 per cent of the adult population in the country has received both doses.

  10. Covid cases have been on the rise since late last year due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, which was first identified in Botswana and South Africa. On Friday, the total number of registered COVID-19 cases around the world topped 300 million since the start of the pandemic, according to an AFP count based on official figures.

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