India reports 12,213 COVID cases in last 24 hours

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

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India added 12,213 COVID cases, witnessing a 38.4 per cent jump from 8, 822 cases recorded yesterday.

This is the first time since February 26 that the viral infections have crossed the 10,000-mark in a day, the data from the Health Ministry of India.

India’s active COVID caseload currently stands at 58,215, and accounts for 0.13 per cent of the total infections, the Ministry said.

With 7,624 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the total number of people who have recovered from the contagious virus now stands at 4,26,74,712.

Eleven virus-related deaths were reported in the country – three from Kerala, two from Maharashtra, and one each from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

In Delhi, the positivity rate rose to 7.01 per cent with Delhi reporting 1,375 new cases on Wednesday. This is the second consecutive day that Delhi has recorded over 1,100 cases in a day. No deaths were reported due to the infection.

Maharashtra recorded 4,024 new coronavirus cases, a 36 per cent rise over the previous day, and two pandemic-related deaths, the state health department said. Wednesday’s case count was the highest since February 12 when the state had recorded 4,359 cases.

Four new cases of the B.A.5 variant of coronavirus have been detected in the state. New B.A.5 cases were reported from Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune, and all four patients were in the age group of 19 to 36 years, according to an official release.

Covid cases have been on the rise in Mumbai, which reported 2,293 new infections, its highest daily count since January 23. One fresh death linked to the infection was also reported from the financial capital, the city civic body said.


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