Coronavirus India Latest Updates: Active Cases Fall For Ninth Straight Day, Omicron Tally Rises
India’s active Covid-19 cases fell for the ninth straight day even as the Omicron tally rises, prompting the world’s second-most populous nation to advise “profound caution”.
As many as 7,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update at 8 a.m. on Dec. 19. Fresh infections have been in line with or lagging daily recoveries for nine days in a row, dragging down active cases.
Total confirmed cases: 3,47,40,275
Total number of active cases: 83,913
Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 3,41,78,940
Total deaths: 4,77,422
Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 7,081
One-day recoveries: 7,469
One-day deaths: 264
India’s active caseload accounts for 0.24% of the total tally, while one-day recoveries form 98.3%.
This, at a time the newly-emerged Covid-19 variant is spreading rapidly in the South Asian nation—that saw the delta-led virus wave overwhelm hospitals and crematoriums earlier this year.
While a prominent epidemiologist, according to a Bloomberg report, said the Omicron variant to likely to be less lethal in India than the prior mutants, the nation of 1.3 billion people has advised people to “avoid non-essential travel and mass gatherings, while focusing on low-intensity festivities”.
Meanwhile, India has vaccinated 137.5 crore people, with 76.5 lakh in the last 24 hours. Total number of tests done during the previous day was at 12.1 lakh.
Coronavirus cases globally passed 27.41 crore, with deaths exceeding 53 lakh. More than 866 crore vaccine doses have been administered across the world.
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India reported the highest single-day rise in omicron cases after Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra reported a total of 30 fresh cases of the new Covid-19 variant.
India's total Omicron tally jumped to 143.
Karnataka reported six new cases, taking the case count to 14 in the state.
Telangana added 12 cases, the most among states, taking the tally to 20.
Kerala reported four new cases, taking the tally to 11 in the state.
Maharashtra reported eight fresh Omicron infections, taking the tally for the new variant to 48 in the state as on Dec. 18. Of these, 28 have been discharged.
(Source: State governments' data, ANI)