India logs 264,202 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection, 315 deaths in last 24 hours

A teenaged girl receiving a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital in Patna on January 13, 2022. (Aftab Alam Siddiqui/IANS)

India logs 264,202 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection, 315 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi, January 14, 2022

India today logged 264,202 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 315 more deaths in the last 24 hours as the rising numbers of the coronavirus cases, fuelled mainly by the new and more transmissibe variant Omicron, continued to cause concern in many parts of the country.

The country had yesterday reported 247,417 new cases of infection and 380 deaths, including 176 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 315 deaths includes previously 96 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala.

The number of 264,202 new cases of infection today is the highest since May 20, 2021, when 276,110 cases were reported.

If the 96 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 219, as compared to 204 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 5,753 cases of Omicron had been confirmed in India so far, up from 5,488 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 485,350 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 36,582,129.

Maharashtra accounted for the highest number of new cases in the last 24 hours, at 46,406, followed by 28,867 cases in national capital Delhi, 25,005 in Karnataka, 23,467 in West Bengal, 20,911 in Tamil Nadu, 14,735 in Uttar Pradesh, 13,468 in Kerala, 11,176 in Gujarat, and 10,059 in Odisha.

Not counting the 96 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, the 219 deaths posted in India in the last 24 hours included 36 deaths in Maharashtra, 31 in Delhi, 26 in West Bengal, 25 in Tamil Nadu and 21 in Kerala.

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 rose to 34,824,706 today, up 109,345 from yesterday. The recovery rate slipped further to 95.20% from 95.59% yesterday.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country rose for the 16th day today, going up by 154,542 to 1,272,073 today.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 155.39 crore today, including 73.08 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours.

The Daily Positivity Rate rose to 14.78% and the Weekly Positivity Rate to 11.83%.


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