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Gulf Today Report
India reported 15,906 new COVID-19 cases and 561 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.
According to government data on Sunday, the nationwide tally of infections has reached 34.17 million since the start of the pandemic.
The health ministry statement said the country reported 561 deaths overnight, taking the overall tally to 454,269 fatalities.
The recovery of 16,479 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 33,548,605. Consequently, India's recovery rate stands at 98.17 per cent, currently at its highest peak since March 2020.
The health ministry statement said the country reported 561 deaths overnight.
The active caseload stood at 172,594, which is the lowest in 235 days.
Active cases presently constitute 0.51 per cent of the country's total positive cases, the lowest since March 2020.
Also in the same period, a total of 1,340,158 tests were conducted across the country.
Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate at 1.23 per cent has remained less than 2 per cent for the last 30 days now.
The daily positivity rate stands at 1.19 per cent, which has also remained below 2 per cent for last 20 days and less than 3 per cent for 55 consecutive days now.
This has been achieved through 10,128,910 sessions.
"If supply remains consistent, we will be on course to innoculate most of our population by the end of the year, DN Patil, a senior health official in the country's richest state of Maharashtra said.
India reported on Thursday reported 46,164 new coronavirus cases, around 22 per cent jump, in the last 24 hours. A total of 607 deaths were also reported in the time span, pushing the total death count in India at 4,36,365.
The federal health ministry said on Monday the deaths rose by 447, taking total fatalities to 428,309. The number is slightly lower than yesterday's 39,070 cases.
According to the ministry's data the fresh cases, the overall tally has reached 31,969,954.
The ministry cited previous calls to curb "false news and misinformation" about the pandemic on social media as a basis for the order. It argued that the World Health Organisation did not link any country to the B.1.617 variant.
The Ministry of Health, in a statement, said, “Existing guidelines have been revised for reporting a new variant of SARSCoV2 (B.1.1.529; called Omicron) which has now been classified as a VOC by the WHO.
Civil Aviation authority said, “In view of the evolving global scenario with the emergence of new variants of Concern', the situation is being watched closely in consultation with all stakeholders."
Saudi Arabia last week halted flights from seven southern African countries, mirroring similar moves by other government, but travel links with North Africa have remained unaffected.