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India recorded 3,17,532 new coronavirus infections, the highest in 249 days, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 3,82,18,773, including 9,287 cases of the Omicron variant, according to ministry data. Union Health updated Thursday. . Active cases rose to 19,24,051, the highest in 234 days, while the death toll climbed to 4,87,693 with 491 new fatalities, according to data updated as of 8 a.m. There was a 3.63% increase in Omicron cases since Wednesday, the ministry said.

Experts said it is not possible to undertake genome sequencing of every sample, but stressed that the current surge is largely driven by Omicron.

Active cases account for 5.03 percent of the total number of infections, while the national COVID-19 cure rate has declined to 93.09 percent, the ministry said.

An increase of 93,051 cases was recorded in the number of active cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours.

The country had reported 3,11,170 cases in a single day on May 15 last year.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 16.41% while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 16.06%, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recovered from the disease jumped to 3,58,07,029, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.28%.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign have exceeded 159.67 crore.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It topped 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11. , crossed 80 lakh on Oct 29, 90 lakh on Nov 20 and broke above the crore mark on Dec 19. India passed the dismal milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

The 491 new deaths include 134 from Kerala and 49 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,87,693 deaths have been reported in the country so far, including 1,41,934 from Maharashtra, 51,160 from Kerala, 38,486 from Karnataka, 37,073 from Tamil Nadu, 25,460 from Delhi, 22,990 from Uttar Pradesh and 20,193 from West Bengal.

The ministry pointed out that more than 70% of deaths are due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that the distribution of figures by state is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

(Edited by : Ajay Vaishnav)

First post: STI