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Covid-19 India Update: India Reports 8,603 New Cases, 6% Lower Than Yesterday

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday that RT-PCR tests have been done of 16,000 passengers from ‘at risk’ countries and 18 samples have been sent for genome sequencing to determine if they have Omicron variant of the virus or not.

New Delhi: With 8,603 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,46,24,360, but active cases declined to 99,974, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The death toll, however, climbed to 4,70,530 with 415 fatalities reported on Saturday, the data released at 8 am showed.

The daily rise in coronavirus infections has been less than 50,000 for 160 consecutive days now. The active cases have declined to 99,974, comprising 0.29 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.35 per cent, the health ministry said.

A net decrease of two cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, according to the ministry. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.69 per cent. It has been less than 2 per cent for past 61 days now.

The weekly positivity rate was also recorded at 0.81 per cent. It has been below 1 per cent for the past 20 days, the ministry data showed.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday that RT-PCR tests have been done of 16,000 passengers from ‘at risk’ countries and 18 samples have been sent for genome sequencing to determine if they have Omicron variant of the virus or not.

The minister said Karnataka, where two samples have shown Omicron strain, has been asked to take all precautions so that there is no spread of infection.

ALSO READ: 18 fliers from at-risk countries test positive for Covid-19, samples sent For genome sequencing: Mansukh Mandaviya

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