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COVID: India reports 2,64,202 infections, 315 deaths in last 24 hours

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New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India reported 2,64,202 COVID infections in the last 24 hours, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday.

The new cases mark a 6.7 per cent jump from the 2.47 lakh daily cases reported yesterday. A total of 5,753 Omicron cases are amongst all COVID cases reported so far.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 14.78 per cent- up from 13.11% yesterday- while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 11.83 per cent.

The country also reported 315 new deaths, taking the total fatalities in India to 485,350, while active cases rose to 12,72,073.

The active cases comprise 3.48 per cent of the total infections, while the COVID recovery rate decreased to 95.2 per cent, the ministry said.

Delhi is expected to record fewer than 25,000 cases today, states Health Minister Satyendra Jain said this morning. Jain said over 13,000 hospital beds, or 88 per cent of available capacity, were vacant.

On Thursday New Delhi reported a record 28,867 cases in 24 hours- the most in a day since the pandemic began in December 2019.

 

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