Of the total cases, 8,209 total Omicron cases have been detected so far which is an increase of 6.02 per cent since yesterday. The daily positivity rate is 19.65 per cent. Notably, on Sunday, with a positivity rate of 16.28 per cent, India had recorded 2,71,202 fresh COVID-19 cases

India’s capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai have reported a big fall in COVID-19 infections in the past two days and most of those who contracted the virus have recovered at home, authorities said on Monday

New Delhi:

India reported 2,58,089 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday. With this, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country moved up to 3,73,80,253 including 16,56,341 active cases. Active cases account for 4.43 per cent of the total infections.

Of the total cases, 8,209 total Omicron cases have been detected so far which is an increase of 6.02 per cent since yesterday. The daily positivity rate is 19.65 per cent. Notably, on Sunday, with a positivity rate of 16.28 per cent, India had recorded 2,71,202 fresh COVID-19 cases.

As many as 1,51,740 recoveries were added in the last 24 hours thereby increasing the total recoveries to 3,52,37,461. With this, the recovery rate currently stands at 94.27 per cent. Single-day case fatality rose to 385 in the country thereby pushing the total death toll to 4,86,451, the health ministry said.

India’s capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai have reported a big fall in COVID-19 infections in the past two days and most of those who contracted the virus have recovered at home, authorities said on Monday.

Delhi’s cases have fallen consistently since hitting a peak of 28,867 on Jan. 13 and is expected to be fewer than 15,000 on Monday, for the first time since early January, the city government’s health minister told reporters.

Both cities have said more than 80% of their COVID-19 hospital beds have remained unoccupied since the fast-transmitting Omicron variant led to a massive surge in cases from the start of the year.

“With very large numbers of sub-clinical, asymptomatic and undetected cases, it is difficult to pinpoint a peak by new cases,” Rajib Dasgupta, head of the Centre of Social Medicine & Community Health at New Delhiā€™s Jawaharlal Nehru University, said in an email.

“In this situation, monitoring hospitalisation is more prudent; today’s case can be next week’s hospitalisation.”

Other epidemiologists say a national peak in cases could come by early- or mid-February. Experts have attributed the low hospitalisations to high levels of previous infections and vaccination. India has fully vaccinated about 70% of its 939 million adults and hopes to give the primary two doses to another 70 million or so teenagers by next month.

The government has advised states to mainly ask only people with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested instead of random checks like earlier that badly stretched resources, especially in the last major wave in April and May when millions were infected and tens of thousands died.

The health ministry informed today that 70.37 crore total tests have been conducted so far to detect the presence of the virus in individuals out of which 13,13,444 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours.

As far as the COVID-19 vaccination is concerned, 157.20 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive which completed one year on Sunday.