India’s Omicron tally rises to 781, Delhi reports maximum cases

WION Web Team
NEW DELHIUpdated: Dec 29, 2021, 02:09 PM IST

Healthcare workers collecting samples of passengers arriving from other states for the COVID-19 testing amid a new variant 'Omicron', at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, in Mumbai on Tuesday. Photograph:(ANI)

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The death toll has climbed to 4,80,592 with 302 fresh fatalities,the data stated. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 15,000 for the last 62 days now.

As per the data released on Wednesday by the Union Health Ministry, India has documented 781 cases of the Omicron form of coronavirus across 21 states and UTs, with 241 people recovering or migrating.

Delhi had the most cases (238), followed by Maharashtra (167), Gujarat (73), Kerala (65), and Telangana (62).

India's total number of COVID-19 cases surged to 3,48,08,886, while the number of active cases jumped to 77,002. 

According to the report, the death toll has risen to 4,80,592 with 302 new fatalities.

For the past 62 days, the daily increase in new coronavirus infections has been below 15,000 per day.

Active cases account for 0.22 per cent of all infections, the lowest since March 2020, according to the ministry, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was 98.40 per cent, the highest since March 2020.

In the last 24 hours, the active COVID-19 caseload has grown by 1,546 cases. 

On August 7, 2020, India's COVID-19 tally surpassed 2 million, followed by 3 million on August 23, 4 million on September 5, and 5 million on September 16.

It exceeded the 6 million level on September 28, the 7 million mark on October 11, the 8 million mark on October 29, the 9 million mark on November 20, and the 10 million mark on December 19.

On May 4, India passed the 20 million mark, and on June 23, it passed the 30 million mark. 

(With inputs from agencies)