India Records Over 2.68 Lakh New Covid Infections In 24 Hrs; Positivity Rate Past 16%

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 16.66 per cent -- up from 14.78 per cent yesterday -- while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 11.83 per cent.

Updated: January 15, 2022 10:15 AM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Analiza Pathak

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Around 28 people including at least 8-10 children fell ill after they consumed some juice (prasad) at the Gurugram fair. (Representational Image)

New Delhi: India on Saturday reported 2,68,833 lakh fresh COVID-19 infections in 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today, taking the total case tally in the country to 3,68,50,962. The new cases reported are marginally higher than the 2.64 lakh daily cases reported yesterday. According to the latest bulletin of the Union ministry of health and family welfare, there are 6,041 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant that is said to be driving the latest surge in pandemic.

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The daily positivity rate was recorded at 16.66 per cent — up from 14.78 per cent yesterday — while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 11.83 per cent.

The country also reported 402 new deaths, taking the total fatalities in India to 485,752, while active cases rose to 14,17,820.

The active cases comprise 3.85 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 94.83 per cent, the ministry said on Friday.

The ministry further said 156.02 crore doses of vaccines against the virus have been administered so far under nationwide inoculation drive launched around this time last year.

About 70.07 crore samples have so far been tested for the virus of which 16,13,740 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.

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Published Date: January 15, 2022 9:54 AM IST

Updated Date: January 15, 2022 10:15 AM IST