New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that it is closely monitoring the COVID surge in states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, and Karnataka and has asked them to follow the five-fold strategy and amp-up testing
India records 7,240 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours; Active cases rise to 32,498.
The number of deaths climbed to 5,24,723 with eight fresh fatalities, government data updated at 8 am stated. India has reported 4.31 crore Covid cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
On Wednesday, India saw a rise of nearly 41% in the daily COVID cases, as the country logged 5,233 infections.
This increase is believed to be led by another surge in COVID cases in Maharashtra. The state reported 2,701 new coronavirus cases last evening.
With this surge in COVID cases, the active caseload in the country stands at 32,498, constituting 0.08 per cent of India’s total positive cases.
The daily positivity rate was observed to be 1.31 per cent in the last 24 hours, while the weekly positivity rate was recorded to be 2.13, the Health Ministry informed.
The last 24 hours also saw 3,591 recoveries, taking the total recoveries to 4,26,40,301. India’s Recovery Rate is currently at 98.71%.
India conducted 3,40,615 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours. The country has so far conducted 85.38 crore (85,38,63,238) total tests so far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data.
The country has administered more than 194.59 crore (1,94,59,81,691) vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. This has been achieved through 2,48,87,047 sessions.
India has also administered 3,77,26,718 precaution doses to all the beneficiaries so far.
COVID-19 vaccination for the age group 12-14 years began on March 16, 2022. So far, more than 3.47 crore (3,47,98,758) adolescents have been administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.