India adds 268,833 new cases of COVID-19 infection, 402 deaths in last 24 hours

Healthcare and frontline workers, waitinng for their turn to get a dose of Covid-19 vaccine, in Bengaluru on January 14, 2022. (IANS)

India adds 268,833 new cases of COVID-19 infection, 402 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi, January 15, 2022

India today added 268,833 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 402 more deaths in the last 24 hours as the numbers of cases of the coronavirus continued to rise in most parts of the country, fuelled mainly by the new and more transmissible variant Omicron.

The country had yesterday logged 264,202 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 315 deaths, including 96 previously undeclared fatalities in Kerala, where the data of the past many months is being reconciled and updated as per the broadened definition of COVID-19 deaths under new guidelines.

Today's number of 402 deaths includes 179 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala.

The number of 268,833 new cases of infection today is the highest since May 20, 2021, when 276,110 cases were reported.

If the 179 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala are not taken into account, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country in the last 24 hours stands at 223, as compared to 219 yesterday.

The continuing surge in new cases comes even as more States imposed fresh restrictions on the movement of people in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, including night curfews, closure of schools and colleges and limits on the numbers at social and religious gatherings.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) said a total of 6,041 cases of Omicron had been confirmed in India so far, up from 5,753 yesterday.

With the latest data released by the MoHFW this morning, the death toll in the country from COVID-19 so far has climbed to 485,752 today.

The total number of cases of infection till now, since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in India in late January 2020, went up to 36,850,962.

Maharashtra accounted for the highest number of new cases in the last 24 hours, at 43,211, followed by 28,723 cases in Karnataka, 24,383 in Delhi, 23,459 in Tamil Nadu, 22,645 in West Bengal, 16,338 in Kerala, 15,975 in Uttar Pradesh, 10,307 in Rajasthan, 10,273 in Odisha and 10,019 in Gujarat.

Not counting the 179 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, the 223 deaths posted in India in the last 24 hours included 34 deaths in Delhi, 28 in West Bengal, 26 in Tamil Nadu, 23 in Punjab, 20 in Kerala, 19 in Maharashtra, and 14 in Karnataka.

All other states reported less than ten deaths each, with nine States and Union Territories posting zero deaths during this period.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 34,947,390 today, up 122,684 from yesterday. The recovery rate slipped further to 94.83% from 95.20% yesterday.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country rose for the 17th day today, going up by 145,747 to 1,417,820 today.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 156.02 crore today, including 58.02 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours.

The Daily Positivity Rate rose to 16.66% and the Weekly Positivity Rate to 12.84%.

NNN

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