India daily COVID-19 cases rise to 285,914 in last 24 hours, deaths climb to 665

A teacher helping students to sanitize their hands before entering their classroom at a school in Mumbai, as Maharashtra schools reopened with COVID-19 protocols, on January 24, 2022. (IANS)

India daily COVID-19 cases rise to 285,914 in last 24 hours, deaths climb to 665

New Delhi, January 26, 2022

India today recorded 285,914 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 665 more deaths during the last 24 hours, significantly higher than yesterday's numbers.

The number of 665 deaths logged today included 84 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 these previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, the number of COVID-19 deaths in India in the last 24 hours stood at 581 today, higher than the 456 posted yesterday.

The country had yesterday logged 255,874 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 614 deaths, including 158 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala.

The number of new cases had dropped yesterday to below 300,000 after staying above that level for five consecutive days.

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 491,127 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, climbed past 40 million to 40,085,116 today.

Not counting the 84 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, the 581 deaths posted in India in the last 24 hours included 86 deaths in Maharashtra, 70 in Kerala, 52 in Karnataka, 48 in Tamil Nadu, 36 each in Punjab and Tamil Nadu, 31 in Delhi, 28 in Gujarat, 23 in Chhattisgarh, 22 in Rajasthan, 19 in Assam, 18 in Haryana, 15 in Uttar Pradesh, 14 in Jammu & Kashmir and 12 in Andhra Pradesh.

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

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 37,370,971 today, up 299,073 from yesterday. The recovery rate increased to 93.23% from 93.15% yesterday.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country fell for the second consecutive day today, going down by 13,824 to 2,223,018 today.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 163.58 crore today, including 59.50 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours.

The Daily Positivity Rate rose to 16.16% and the Weekly Positivity Rate to 17.33%.

A total of 72.05 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in the country, including 17.69 lakh tests in the last 24 hours.

NNN

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