India reports 3.17 lakh fresh coronavirus cases

India’s daily Covid graph saw a worrying upward curve today as the country added 3.17 lakh Covid cases – a new high in the third wave – taking the tally to 3.82 crore. At the global level, India is the second worst-hit country after the US.

The overall count of highly infectious Omicron variant reached 8,209 with 29 states reporting the new strain. Maharashtra has reported 1,738 cases, the most in the country, followed by West Bengal, where 1,672 people have been infected with Omicron.

The active cases now comprise 5.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.69 per cent. An increase of 93,051 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 16.41 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 16.06 per cent. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive has exceeded 159.67 crore, the ministry said.