India logs 6,987 new cases of COVID-19 infection, 162 deaths in last 24 hours

Crowds gathered outside the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata on Christmas, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, on December 25, 2021. (Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

India logs 6,987 new cases of COVID-19 infection, 162 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi, December 26, 2021

India today logged 6,987 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 162 deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic in the last 24 hours, lower than yesterday's numbers.

The 162 deaths posted in the country in the last 24 hours included 104 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 country had yesterday recorded 7,189 fresh cases of COVID-19 infecton and 387 deaths, including 311 previously undeclared fatalities in Kerala.

Not counting the 104 previously unreported deaths in Kerala, India today posted 58 deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) said a total of 422 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 had been reported in India so far, of whom 130 had recovered. Of the 422, Maharashtra accounted for 108, Delhi 79, Gujarat 43, Telangana 41, Kerala 38, Tamil Nadu 34, Karnataka 31 and Rajasthan 22.

With the latest data released by the Ministry of Health of Family Welfare (MoHFW) this morning, the death toll in the country from COVID-19 so far has climbed to 479,682 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 34,786,802 today.

Of the 58 COVID-19 deaths posted in India in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra accounted for 12 while Kerala and Tamil Nadu reported 11 each.

All other states reported less than ten deaths each, with as many as 19 States and Union Territories, including national capital Delhi, posting zero deaths during this period.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 34,230,354 today, up 7,091 from yesterday. The recovery rate stood at 98.40%, the highest since March 2020.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country fell by 266 to 76,766 today.

The Ministry said that the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 141.37 crore, including 32.90 lakh doses administered during the last 24 hours.

The Weekly Positivity Rate stood at 0.62% today, below 1% for the last 42 days, while the Daily Positivity Rate was 0.74% today, below 2% for 82 consecutive days and below 1% for the 27th consecutive day.


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