India reports 27,409 new infections, daily positivity rate drops to 2.23pc

New Delhi: India continues to witness its downward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases, with the country reporting 27,409 new infections in the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.

The daily positivity rate in the country also dropped to 2.23%, while the weekly positivity rate fell to 3.63%.

With this, the current number of active cases in India is 4,23,127 which is 0.99% of the total number of cases.

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A total of 75.30 crore tests have been carried out so far in India, with 12,29,536 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, according to ministry data.

As many as 82,817 patients have recovered in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative virus recovery count to 4,17,60,458. The country has also reported 347 COVID deaths in the past 24 hours.

A total of 173.42 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the country so far in a nationwide vaccination campaign.

COVID cases had started to show a significant increase following the emergence of the Omicron variant last year.

After witnessing the second wave in April-May last year, India’s COVID-19 cases started to decline over the following months and the peak of daily infections reached 5,326 new cases on the 21st. December. Meanwhile, the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the coronavirus, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021 and emerged on November 14 in South Africa. India detected its first case of Omicron on December 2 in Karnataka.

Following the emergence of the Omicron variant, daily cases started to increase in late December and crossed the 1 lakh mark on January 7 when 1,17,100 new infections were reported. The peak of the outbreak was recorded on January 21, 2022, when 3,47,254 new cases were recorded over a 24-hour period.

In a written response to Lok Sabha on February 4, 2022, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, said that “an upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the country was observed at the end of December 2021 which was mainly piloted by the Omicron variant”.

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