New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India reported 2.38 lakh COVID cases, 7 per cent lower than yesterday, as the positivity rate dropped from 19.65 per cent to 14.43 per cent, the Health Ministry of India said on Tuesday.
A total of 8,891 cases of the fast-spreading Omicron strain, which is learned to be driving the third wave of the pandemic across the world, have been confirmed so far, an increase of 8.31 per cent since yesterday.
The country’s active caseload currently stands at 17.36 lakh and the recovery rate is over 94 per cent, the Ministry said. The country saw 1.57 lakh recoveries over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to over 3 crore.
The country has recorded 310 deaths due to the infection over the past 24 hours, down from yesterday’s 385.
A total of 16.49 samples have been tested over the past 24 hours, 3.35 lakh more than the previous day. This comes after the Indian Council of Medical Research, the government of India’s top medical body, said contacts of COVID patients, unless identified as high-risk, don’t need to be tested.
The advisory has sparked fears of underreporting of cases and instances of people being turned away from testing centres for being asymptomatic.
On the vaccination front, over 158 crore doses have been administered under the countrywide vaccination drive.