A medic from NMMC Hospital takes a swab sample from a commuter for COVID-19 testing, at Turbhe Railway Station in Navi Mumbai, Monday, March 15, 2021. Photo: PTI
New Delhi: India logged 168,063 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,58,75,790 which includes 4,461 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Tuesday.
The active cases rose to 821,446, the highest in 208 days, while the death toll climbed to 484,213 with 277 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.
Of the total 4,461 cases of the Omicron variant, 1,711 people have recovered or migrated so far.
Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,247 cases followed by Rajasthan at 645, Delhi 546, Karnataka 479 and Kerala 350.
“The active cases comprise 2.29% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 96.36%,” the ministry said.
An increase of 97,827 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 10.64% while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 8.85%, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,45,70,131, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.35%.
The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 152.89 crore.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.
A total of 484,213 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 141,647 from Maharashtra, 49,757 from Kerala, 38,374 from Karnataka, 36,866 from Tamil Nadu, 25,177 from Delhi, 22,932 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,917 from West Bengal.
The ministry stressed that more than 70% of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.