13,154 Fresh Infections Logged; 961 Omicron Cases Reported

Story Highlights
  • Omicron tally rises significantly.
  • Delhi and Maharashtra report the highest count.
  • Over 143.83 crore beneficiaries Immunized so far.

New Delhi: India recorded 13,154 fresh infections in the past 24 hours. The recovery rate at 98.40 per cent accounted for 7,486 recuperations in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 3,42,58,778. The daily positivity rate stood at 1.10 less than 2% for last 87 days.

The number of active cases stood at 82,402 accounting for 0.24 per cent of the total number of cases. The active cases reported a rise by 5400 in the last 24 hours. However, the mortality rate recorded at 1.38 per cent reported a spike in deaths recording 268 fatalities, taking the cumulative death toll to 4,80,860.

Emphasising that the Omicron variant is infecting both vaccinated and unvaccinated people worldwide, WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan has said that it appears that vaccines are still proving to be effective because even though the numbers are going up exponentially in many countries, severity of the disease has not surged to a new level. Explaining factors that account for vaccine’s effectiveness against COVID-19, Swaminathan virtually at the WHO press briefing on Wednesday said that vaccine effectiveness varies a little bit between vaccines though the majority of all of the WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines actually have very high rates of protection against severe disease and death at least till the delta variant.

India’s Omicron tally rose to 961, the health ministry informed. While Delhi and Maharashtra reported 263 cases, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kereala and Telangana followed. As per the statistics reported to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, so far 143.83 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country including 63.91 lakh doses given in the last 24 hours.

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