India logs 306,064 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection, 439 deaths in last 24 hours

A health worker administering a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a teenager in Patna on January 22, 2022.(Aftab Alam Siddiqui/IANS)

India logs 306,064 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection, 439 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi, January 24, 2022

India today logged 306,064 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection and 439 deaths in the last 24 hours, lower than the numbers posted yesterday.

The country had yesterday added 333,533 cases of COVID-19 infection and 525 deaths, including 62 previously unreported 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.

The number of 439 deaths posted today included 39 previously unreported deaths in Kerala.

This means that, not counting the 39 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, the number of COVID-19 deaths in India in the last 24 hours stood at 400 today as compared to 463 yesterday.

This is the fifth consecutive day that India has posted in excess of 300,000 cases in a 24-hour period, though the number has shown a declining trend in the past three 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 489,848 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 39,543,328 today.

Not counting the 39 previously unreported fatalities in Kerala, the 400 deaths posted in India in the last 24 hours included 44 deaths in Maharashtra, 40 in Tamil Nadu, 38 in Kerala, 36 in West Bengal, 34 in Delhi, 30 in Punjab, 19 each in Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan, 18 in Uttar Pradesh, 13 in Assam, 12 in Haryana and 11 in Chhattisgarh.

Other States reported less than ten deaths each, with seven 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 36,804,145 today, up 243,495 from yesterday. The recovery rate fell further to 93.07% today from 93.18% yesterday.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country rose for the 26th day today, going up by 62,130 to 2,249,335.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 162.26 crore today, including 27.56 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours.

The Daily Positivity Rate rose to 20.75% and the Weekly Positivity Rate to 17.03%.

A total of 71.69 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in the country, including 14.74 lakh tests in the last 24 hours.

NNN

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