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Coronavirus pandemic Updates: India logs 2.58 lakh new Covid-19 cases, 385 deaths in a day

In the last 24 hours, 1,51,740 persons recovered form the virus, taking the overall recovery to 35,237,461.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 17, 2022 10:19 IST
India reports 2,58,089 COVID cases, 385 deaths in a day;
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India reports 2,58,089 COVID cases, 385 deaths in a day; Omicron tally rises to 8,209

Highlights

  • India saw a single-day rise of 2,58,089 new coronavirus infections
  • A total of 8,209 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected across 29 states and UTs
  • The number of active COVID-19 cases have increased to 16,56,341

India on Monday reported 2,58,089 new Covid-19 cases and 385 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The active Covid-19 cases now stand at 16,56,341, while the overall toll is 4,86,451. 

In the last 24 hours, 1,51,740 persons recovered form the virus, taking the overall recovery to 35,237,461.

Meanwhile, a total of 8,209 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported so far.

Maharashtra recorded the maximum 1,738 cases of the Omicron variant, followed by West Bengal 1,672, Rajasthan 1,276, Delhi 549, Karnataka 548 and Kerala 536 cases.

According to experts, it is not possible to undertake genome sequencing of each and every sample but this current wave is largely being driven by Omicron.

With the daily Covid-19 count showing a decline in Delhi and Mumbai, medical experts on Sunday said they were cautiously optimistic that the two metropolises may have reached the peak of the Omicron-driven third wave as the test positivity rate remained stable for Delhi and nosedived in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, the ministry said more than 157 crore doses have been administered so far as India’s vaccination drive against Covid-19 completed a year.

The Centre told the Supreme Court that Covid-19 inoculation guidelines issued by the Union health ministry do not envisage forcible vaccination without obtaining the consent of an individual.

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