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India’s daily count of new COVID-19 cases dips to 2.58 lakh but positivity rate goes up to 19.7%

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India’s daily count of new COVID-19 cases dips to 2.58 lakh but positivity rate goes up to 19.7%.

India recorded 2.58 lakh new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, which is around 5 per cent lower than the previous day, according data released by the Health Ministry on Monday.

As many as 385 people have died of Covid during the past 24-hour period.

The daily positivity rate is up from 16.28% to 19.65% while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 14.41 per cent. The rate shows the proportion of people that turn out to be positive among those tested for the infection. 

Maharashtra, which is amongst the worst-hit states by the pandemic, recorded 41,327 fresh coronavirus infections with the Mumbai-Pune region accounting for most of the cases. The number is 1,135 less than the preceding day. The state also recorded 29 deaths due to COVID-19.

Another 8 new Omicron cases were also confirmed in Maharashtra, raising the tally of the heavily mutated variant to 1,738.

Delhi on Sunday reported 18,286 COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths, while the positivity rate dropped to 27.87 per cent from 30.64 per cent a day ago, according to health department data. State Health Minister Satyendar Jain has said that the city is conducting three times more diagnostic tests than the number recommended by the ICMR.

"Hospital admissions have plateaued and Covid positivity rate will also come down. Restrictions by the Delhi government have contained the spread of COVID-19. We will monitor the situation for three to four days before reviewing the curbs," Jain said.

Meanwhile, the countrywide vaccination drive against COVID-19 on Sunday completed one year, during which over 156.76 crore vaccine doses were administered.

Lauding the vaccination drive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it has added great strength to the fight against the pandemic and has resulted in saving lives and protecting livelihoods.