COVID: India reports over 2.82 lakh cases, 441 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 reported over 2.82 lakh COVID cases, a rise of 18 per cent from yesterday’s case count, the Health Ministry of India said on Wednesday.

The positivity rate, which is an indicator of the spread of the infection, has climbed marginally from 14.43 per cent to 15.13 per cent.

The country has so far reported 8,961 cases of the fast-spreading Omicron variant, which is driving the third wave of the pandemic. The Omicron count rose by 0.79 per cent since yesterday.

A total of 441 deaths due to the infection were reported in the past 24 hours, significantly higher than yesterday’s count of 310. The country’s active caseload currently stands at 18.31 lakh, the Health Ministry said in its bulletin.

Over 1.88 lakh patients have recovered from COVID over the past 24 hours and the country’s recovery rate is now 93.88 per cent.

A total of 70.74 crore samples have been tested so far. Over 18.69 lakh tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, over 2 lakh more than yesterday.

Over 158 crore doses of vaccines have been administered under the countrywide drive as the government of India pushes hard to expand coverage amid the third wave of infections, the Ministry said.


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