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India Records 1.68 Lakh New Covid Cases, 6.4% Lower Than Yesterday

Maharashtra, one of the worst-hit states by the Covid pandemic, reported 33,470 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths.

India recorded 1,68,063 new Covid cases today, 6.4 percent lower than yesterday, which included 4,461 cases of the Omicron variant. The country also reported 277 deaths in the last 24 hours due to coronavirus.

The everyday positivity rate came down to 10.64 percent today from 13.29 percent yesterday. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 8.85 percent. On Monday, the nation had recorded 1.79 lakh Covid cases.

The number of active cases at present stands at 8,21,446, which is 2.29 percent of the total cases. The overall Covid case tally has increased to 3,58,75,790 while the death count rose to 4,84,213 in India.

At least 69,959 recoveries in the last 24 hours took the total number of recoveries to 3,45,70,131. The recovery rate in India is currently at 96.36 percent.

India has administered 152.89 crore vaccine dosages till now. The country began administering a “precautionary” dose against the infection from Monday. More than 9 lakh healthcare and frontline workers and 60-plus citizens with comorbidities received their third Covid jab on the first day, the Health Ministry said.

Maharashtra, one of the most worst-hit states by the Covid pandemic, reported 33,470 new COVID-19 cases, which included 1,247 instances of Omicron variant, and eight passings on Monday. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the third wave of the Covid pandemic has begun which will peak by January-end.

India has conducted 69.31 crore Covid tests till now, of which 15,79,928 were tested yesterday, the Ministry of Health said.

In another warning, the government’s top medical body said contacts of COVID-19 patients, except if recognized as high-risk, don’t need to be tested. It said asymptomatic individuals in community settings, patients who stand discharged as per home isolation guidelines, also patients discharged from a COVID-19 facility, and individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel need not be tested.

Delhi reported 19,166 cases on Monday, each fourth person getting tested for Covid in the city is being found positive. The positivity rate in the national capital stood at 25 percent, the highest since May 5. New restrictions have been imposed on dining out and restaurants amid rising cases.

India is witnessing a hospitalization pace of 5-10 percent in the third Covid wave, the government has said, adding that the situation is “dynamic and evolving and the need of hospital care may change rapidly”.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday called states and Union territories to ensure there is no lapse in the planning to fight the Covid surge and stressed maintaining a holistic synergy for seamless management of the pandemic.