India daily COVID-19 cases drop to 255,874 in last 24 hours, deaths go up to 614

People waiting for their turn for a dose of Covid-19 vaccine in New Delhi on January 24, 2022. (Qamar Sibtain/IANS)

India daily COVID-19 cases drop to 255,874 in last 24 hours, deaths go up to 614

New Delhi, January 25, 2022

India today reported 255,874 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection -- significantly lower than yesterday's number -- and 614 more deaths during the last 24 hours.

The number of 614 deaths reported today included 158 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.

Not counting the 158 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, the number of COVID-19 deaths in India in the last 24 hours stood at 456 today as compared to 400 yesterday.

The country had yesterday logged 306,064 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 439 deaths, including 39 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala.

This is the first time in six days that the number of fresh cases of COVID-19 infection in a 24-hour period has fallen below 300,000.

With the latest data released by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) this morning, the death toll in the country from COVID-19 so far has climbed to 490,462 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, rose to 39,799,202 today.

Not counting the 158 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, the 456 deaths posted in India in the last 24 hours included 46 deaths in Tamil Nadu, 45 in Punjab, 37 in West Bengal, 36 in Maharashtra, 30 in Delhi, 25 in Gujarat, 23 in Rajasthan, 19 in Chhattisgarh, 18 in Assam, 17 each in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, 13 in Kerala, and 11 each in Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand.

Other States reported less than ten deaths each, with three States and Union Territories posting zero deaths during this period.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose past 37 million at 37,071,898 today, up 267,753 from yesterday. The recovery rate increased slightly to 93.15% today from 93.07% yesterday.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country fell for the first time today, after going up for 26 consecutive days, as it went down to 2,236,842, down 12,493 from yesterday.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 162.92 crore today, including 62.29 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours.

The Daily Positivity Rate fell to 15.52% while the Weekly Positivity Rate stood at 17.17%.

A total of 71.88 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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