India logs 159,632 new cases of COVID-19 infection, 327 deaths in last 24 hours

A view of the deserted Connaught Place area during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government amid a rise in Covid-19 cases, in New Delhi on January 8, 2022. (Anupam Gautam/IANS)

India logs 159,632 new cases of COVID-19 infection, 327 deaths in last 24 hours

Active cases of COVID-19 climb to 590,611

New Delhi, January 9, 2022

India today logged 159,632 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 327 deaths in the last 24 hours as most parts of the country continued to witness a spike in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 327 deaths recorded today included 209 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.

Yesterday, the country had reported 141,986 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 285 deaths, including 154 previously undeclared fatalities in Kerala.

If the 209 previously unreported deaths in Kerala are not taken into account, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country in the last 24 hours stood at 118.

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, especially of the new and more transmissible Omicron variant.

The Government has also announced revised guidelines for international travellers under which all arriving passengers would have to undergo home quarantine for seven days and undertake an RT-PCR test on the 8th day after arrival in India.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) said a total of 3,623 cases of Omicron, the new and more transmissible variant of COVID-19, had been reported in India so far (up from 3,071 yesterday), of whom 1,409 had recovered.

Of the 3,623, Maharashtra accounted for the most at 1,009, followed by Delhi 513, Karnataka 441, Rajasthan 373, Kerala 333, Gujarat 204, Tamil Nadu 185, Haryana 123, Telangana 123, and Uttar Pradesh 113.

With the latest data released by the MoHFW this morning, the death toll in the country from COVID-19 so far has climbed to 483,790 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 35,528,004 today.

Of the 118 COVID-19 deaths posted in India in the last 24 hours, Kerala accounted for 33, West Bengal 19, Maharashtra 13 and Tamil Nadu 10.

All other states reported less than ten deaths each, with as many as 16 States and Union Territories posting zero deaths during this period.

National capital Delhi registered seven COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra accounted for the most number of new cases in the last 24 hours at 41,434, followed by 20,181 in Delhi, 18,802 in West Bengal, 10,978 in Tamil Nadu, 8,906 in Karnataka, 6,401 in Uttar Pradesh, 5,944 in Kerala, 5,677 in Gujarat and 5,081 in Jharkhand.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 34,453,603 today, up 40,863 from yesterday. The recovery rate slipped further to 96.98% from 97.30% yesterday.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country rose for the 12th day today, going up by 118,442 to reach 590,611 today.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 151.57 crore, including 89.28 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours.

The Daily Positivity Rate rose to 10.21% and the Weekly Positivity Rate to 6.77%.

NNN

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