7,081 COVID cases, 264 deaths reported in 24 hours in India

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COVID testing equipment on table in a healthacre facility in Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

New Delhi: With 7,081 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, India’s total tally of cases rose to 3,47,40,275, the Health Ministry of India said on Sunday.

The death toll has climbed to 4,77,422, with 264 daily fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The active cases declined to 83,913, the lowest in 570 days.

Meanwhile, India’s Omicron count rose to 126 on Saturday after Karnataka and Kerala reported six and four cases respectively, while three more persons in Maharashtra also tested positive for the variant.

The cases have been detected in 11 states and union territories — Maharashtra (43), Delhi (22), Rajasthan (17) and Karnataka (14), Telangana (8), Gujarat (7), Kerala (11), Andhra Pradesh (1), Chandigarh (1), Tamil Nadu (1) and West Bengal (1), reports said quoting officials.

While the country’s first two cases of the Omicron variant were detected in Karnataka on December 2, this heavily mutated version of the coronavirus was first reported in South Africa on November 24.

The Omicron coronavirus variant has been reported in 89 countries and the number of cases is doubling in 1.5 to 3 days in areas with community transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.


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