COVID: India reports spike of 3.17 lakh infections in last 24 hours

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New Delhi: India, in the last 24 hours, reported a spike of 3.17 lakh infections and 491 people have died, the Health Ministry of India said on Thursday.

With 3.17 lakh cases, the tally reaches 3.82 crore. At the global level, India is the second worst-hit country after the United States.

The overall count of highly infectious Omicron variant reached 8,209 with 29 states reporting the new strain. Maharashtra has reported 1,738 cases, the most in the country, followed by West Bengal, where 1,672 people have been infected with Omicron.

The active cases now comprise 5.03 per cent of the total infections, while the COVID recovery rate has decreased to 93.69 per cent. An increase of 93,051 cases has been recorded in the active COVID caseload in a span of 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry data updated this morning.

Maharashtra, one of the worst-hit states by the COVID pandemic, recorded 43,697 new coronavirus infections, 10 per cent more than the previous day, including 214 Omicron infections, and also saw 49 fatalities. The fresh Omicron cases took the tally of those infected with this strain to 1,860.

Delhi reported 13,785 new cases and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the health bulletin of the Delhi government, the active number of COVID patients in the city reached 75,282. Out of these, 58,501 patients are in home isolation and 2,624 are admitted to hospitals.


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