Coronavirus ‘variants of concern’ reported in 174 districts in India

 India has reported 45,892 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, slightly higher than yesterday’s figures.

The death count climbed to 4,05,028 with 817 fresh fatalities.

The mild surge comes amid “Variants of Concern” being reported in several states.

“Variants of Concern” of coronvirus have been found in 174 districts in 35 states and union territories, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday. Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Telangana, West Bengal and Gujarat have seen the highest number of these cases.

The fresh cases have pushed the country’s total Covid caseload to over 3.07 crore. The daily positivity rate is 2.42 per cent, less than 3 per cent for 17 straight days.

Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, on Wednesday reported 9,558 new COVID-19 cases, taking the state’s tally to over 61.22 lakh.