India Records 3.47 Lakh New Covid-19 Cases, Up 8.9%; Positivity up from 16.4% to 17.9%

India reported 3,47,254 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 29,722 more or 8.9 per cent  jump from yesterday's cases.

A healthcare worker collects swab sample of passengers for Covid-19 test, at Bandra Terminus, in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: India reported 3,47,254 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 29,722 more or 8.9 per cent  jump from yesterday’s cases. The daily positivity rate stood at 17.94 per cent, up from yesterday’s 16.41%, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday. 

The cases are also the highest in eight months. With a tally of 3.85 crore cases, India is the second worst-hit country after the US.

The weekly positivity rate stood at 16.56 per cent, as per the government’s data released today.

With the addition of new infections recorded in the country, the active cases mounted to 20,18,825. As per the ministry, the active cases account for 5.23 per cent of the total cases.

As many as 2,51,777 recoveries were reported in the last 24 hours. With this, the total recoveries climbed to 3,60,58,806. The recovery rate is currently at 93.50 per cent.

The number of people who succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours is 703. The death toll is now at 4,88,396. 

The country has so far registered 9,692 cases of the COVID-19 variant Omicron. There is an increase of 4.36 per cent in its cases since Thursday as per the ministry.

To detect the presence of the virus, 19,35,912 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, 71.15 crore tests have been conducted.

Meanwhile, 160.43 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far in the country. 

Mumbai Reports 5,708 New Cases

Mumbai reported 5,708 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths on Thursday. A total of 15,440 patients have been recovered from the disease.

According to the state health department, Mumbai has 22,103 active cases of COVID-19.

Delhi Govt Slashes Covid-19 Testing Rates

Delhi government on Thursday slashed the maximum price of the RT-PCR COVID-19 test at private laboratories from Rs 500 to Rs 300.

As per the Delhi government order, the conventional RT-PCR test in which samples are collected by government teams and collected from the collection sites by private labs will now cost Rs 200.

“RT PCR test wherein samples are collected by private labs for the government and processed further at their lab will cost Rs 300. An RT-PCR test at private laboratories will also cost Rs 300,” the order stated.

In addition, the same test wherein samples are collected through home visits will now cost Rs 500 including all charges- visit, sample collection and testing cost.

Meanwhile, the government also ordered that the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will be done at Rs 100.

According to the official statement, all labs will ensure that samples are processed latest within 12 hours of being received in the lab with all positive results being updated on the ICMR portal mandatorily within 30 minutes of samples being processed followed by updation of all negative results latest within 24 hours from the receipt of samples in the lab.

Vaccination Drive Cross 160 Crore Mark in India

Vaccination drive in India have crossed administration of 160.4 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Nearly 70,49,779 more doses were administered in last 24 hours.

India has also successfully inoculated over 3.6 crore first doses of the Covaxin vaccine to children in the age group of 15-18 years, it is expected that the first phase of the vaccination drive for this age group will be completed by the end of this month.

(Inputs from ANI)