India reports 2.68 lakh fresh coronavirus cases

India added 2.68 lakh new Covid cases today, raising the tally to 3.67 crore, including 6,041 cases of Omicron. Active cases now comprise 3.85 per cent of the total infections.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 94.83 per cent. An increase of 1,45,747 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry data updated this morning.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 16.66 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 12.84 per cent. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive has exceeded 156.02 crore, the ministry said.

As many as 402 people have died of Covid during the past 24-hour period, according to the Health Ministry.

Maharashtra, one of the worst-hit states by the Covid pandemic, reported 43,211 new COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths linked to the virus on Friday. The state tally of COVID-19 positive patients stands at 71,24,278. There are 2,65,387 active cases in the state.