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India sees another surge with 2,71,202 new Covid cases, positivity rate dips marginally

India Covid-19 update: The Union health ministry said 7,743 cases of the Omicron variant that is said to be the cause behind the latest surge have been so far detected in the country.
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary. (Aqil Khan /HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 09:43 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India on Sunday reported another major surge in Covid-19 cases with 2,71,202 fresh infections being registered in the past 24 hours. With this, the active caseload currently stood at 15,50,377 that comprised 4.81 per cent of the total infections.

According to latest updates available with the Union ministry of health and family welfare, the daily positivity rate currently stood at 16.28 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was at 13.69 per cent. The daily positivity rate is marginally lesser than Saturday’s when it was 16.66 per cent.

The ministry said 7,743 cases of the Omicron variant that is said to be the cause behind the latest surge have been so far detected in the country.

With 314 deaths due to related complications, the cumulative fatality tally touched 4,86,066. Also, 1,38,331 patients were cured from the disease in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 3,50,85,721.

The government said a total of 70,24,48,838 samples have been tested so far for the virus of which 16,65,404 tests were conducted on January 15.

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Meanwhile, 156.76 crore doses of vaccine have been administered against Covid-19 so far as part of the nationwide inoculation drive launched last year.

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