Home / News / India /  Covid-19 update: India sees mild dip in cases, logs 16,678 new cases in 24 hours

Registering a mild decline in Covid-19 cases across the country, India on Monday reported 16,678 new coronavirus infections, compared to the 18,257 fresh infections reported yesterday on Sunday, according to Union Health Ministry data. With this the country's total tally of Covid-19 cases rose to 4,36,39,329, while the active cases increased to 1,30,713, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 5,25,454 with 26 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.30 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.50 per cent, the ministry said. An increase of 2,023 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 5.99 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 4.18 per cent, according to the ministry

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,29,83,162, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.20 per cent. According to the ministry, 198.88 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23 last year. It crossed the four-crore mark on January 25 this year. The 26 new fatalities include 18 from Kerala, four from West Bengal, two from Delhi and one each from Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, this constantly changing coronavirus has spawned yet another highly contagious omicron mutant that’s worrying scientists as it gains ground in India and pops up in numerous other countries, including the United States. According to AP report, scientists say the variant which is called BA.2.75, may be able to spread rapidly and may be immune to vaccines and the previous infection. It’s unclear whether it could cause more serious disease than other omicron variants, including the globally prominent BA.5, the report said.

(With inputs from AP)

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