India records a single-day rise of 58,097 new COVID-19 cases; Omicron tally rises to 2,135


Guwahati: India reported 58,097 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours (55 percent higher than yesterday’s 37,379 cases), taking the country’s tally since the pandemic began last year to 3.5 crore.

The death toll jumped to 4,82,551 with 534 fresh fatalities.

According to Union Health Ministry data released on Wednesday (January 5), the total active cases in the country rose to 2,14,004.

This is the eight consecutive day that India saw a rise in the daily Covid-19 case count.

The country has recorded a total of 15,389 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,43,21,803, as per the official data.

The active cases comprise 0.61 per cent of the total infections, while India’s COVID-19 recovery rate is at 98.01 percent, the health ministry said.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.18%.

The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.60%.

Meanwhile, India’s Omicron tally rose to 2,135 on Wednesday (January 5).

The variant of concern that was first detected in South Africa in November has now spread to 24 states in India.

Among the 2,135 cases, Maharashtra reported the highest number of infections at 653, followed by Delhi at 464, Kerala at 185, Rajasthan at 174 and Gujarat at 154, as per the Health Ministry data.

The health ministry said 828 out of the 2,135 people who caught the infection have recovered or “migrated”.