India COVID-19 numbers decline to 238,018 cases of infection, 310 deaths in last 24 hours

A health worker administering a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a girl in Patna, on January 16, 2022. (Aftab Alam Siddiqui/IANS)

India COVID-19 numbers decline to 238,018 cases of infection, 310 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi, January 18, 2022

India today reported 238,018 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 310 deaths in the last 24 hours amid continuing signs that the spread of the coronavirus pandemic could be decelerating in most parts of the country.

The country had yesterday registered 258,089 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 385 deaths, including 150 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 310 deaths includes 54 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala. If these 54 are not taken into account, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country in the last 24 hours stands at 256 today as compared to 235 yesterday.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) said a total of 8,891 cases of Omicron, the new and more transmissible variant of the virus, had been confirmed in India so far, up from 8,209 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 486,761 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 37,618,271 today.

Not counting the 54 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, the 256 deaths posted in India in the last 24 hours included 33 deaths in West Bengal, 24 each in Delhi and Maharashtra, 21 in Punjab, 20 in Tamil Nadu, 18 in Kerala, 14 in Karnataka, 12 in Haryana, 11 in Assam and 10 in Chhattisgarh.

All other states reported less than ten deaths each, with 11 States and Union Territories posting zero deaths during this period.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country increased to 35,394,882 today, up 151,421 from yesterday. The recovery rate slipped further to 94.09% today from 94.27% yesterday.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country rose for the 20th day today, going up by 80,287 to 1,736,628 today.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 158.04 crore today, including 79.91 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours.

The Daily Positivity Rate fell to 14.43% while the Weekly Positivity Rate went up to 14.92%.

A total of 70.54 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in the country, including 16.49 lakh tests in the last 24 hours.

NNN

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