Omicron tally nears 6,000 as India logs 2.6 lakh Covid cases in last 24 hours
Amid mounting concerns over the highly transmissible new Covid-19 variant, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday confirmed 5,753 cases of Omicron variant in the country, a 4.83% increase in Omicron cases since Thursday.
Just yesterday on Thursday, the country saw a single day jump of 620 cases of the Omicron variant, the highest so far, taking the total tally of such cases to 5,488, out of which 2,162 people have recovered or migrated. Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,367 cases of Omicron variant followed by Rajasthan at 792, Delhi 549, Kerala 486 and Karnataka 479.
Additionally, the country saw a single day jump of 2,64,202 new coronavirus infections, the highest in 239 days, taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,65,82,129, as per the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.
The active cases have increased to 12,72,073, the highest in 220 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,85,350 with 315 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.
The active cases comprises 3.48 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has decreased to 95.20 per cent, the ministry said. A total 2,76,110 coronavirus infections were reported in a single day on May 19.
An increase of 1,54,542 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 14.78 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 11.83 per cent, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,48,24,706, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 per cent. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 155.39 crore.
India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.