India reported 8,439 new COVID-19 cases, 9,525 recoveries, and 195 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Wednesday morning update.
Of these, Kerala reported 4,656 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as per the state health bulletin. With the addition of new cases, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country increased to 3,46,56,822. Of these, 93,733 are active cases which is the lowest in the last 555 days. The active caseload accounts for less than one per cent of the total cases and is currently at 0.27 per cent.
The daily positivity rate, at 0.70 per cent, is less than two per cent for the last 65 days. The weekly positivity rate at 0.76 per cent is less than one per cent for the last 24 days.
With new recoveries, the total recoveries mounted to 3,40,89,137. The recovery rate, currently at 98.36 per cent, is the highest since March 2020. With 195 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the death toll rose to 4,73,952.
Meanwhile, as many as 65.06 crore (65,06,60144) COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the country so far which include 12,13,130 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.
As per the health ministry, over 129.54 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.
Amid the cloud of concerns regarding the Omicron coronavirus variant, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr Anthony Fauci on Tuesday said emerging evidence suggests that Omicron has increased infectivity and not a “severe profile”.
“If one looks at the transmissibility, we have molecular evidence to suggest that the mutations that are seen in Omicron and in other variants would suggest that they are associated with increased infectivity,” CNN reported Dr Fauci as saying during a virtual White House briefing.