COVID: India reports 2.58 lakh infections, 385 deaths in last 24 hours

A healthcare worker on duty to take samples for COVID. [FPK File Photo]

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India recorded 2,58,089 COVID cases and 385 deaths, pushing the total death toll to 4,86,451, the Health Ministry of India said on Monday.

An increase of 1,05,964 cases has been recorded in the active COVID caseload in a span of 24 hours. The country also recorded 1,51,740 recoveries today, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,52,37,461.

The active cases comprise 4.43 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has decreased to 94.27 per cent, the Ministry said.

India also logged 466 fresh Omicron infections, taking the total tally of such cases in the country to 8,209, according to the Health Ministry data.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 19.65 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 14.41 per cent, according to the ministry.

Meanwhile, the Government of India (GoI) has informed Supreme Court that COVID vaccination is of larger public interest in view of the ongoing pandemic situation but no person can be forced to be vaccinated against their wishes. The guidelines issued by the Health Ministry do not envisage forcible vaccination without obtaining the consent of an individual, said the GoI.


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