NEW DELHI: As the third wave of COVID-19 appears to be easing, with new cases falling below 50,000 for the first time in nearly a month and a half, according to data from the Ministry of Health and the Family welfare Sunday.
COVID cases had started to show a significant increase following the emergence of the Omicron variant last year.
As many as 44,877 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across the country during the 24-hour period, the lowest since January 4, when 37,379 new cases were recorded. The daily peak of COVID crossed the mark of 58,097 cases on January 5.
— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) February 13, 2022
A total of 75.07 crore tests have been carried out so far in India, with 14,15,279 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, according to ministry data.
With this, the country’s active caseload currently stands at 5,37,045, representing 1.26% of the total number of cases. Currently, Kerala (1,82,118) has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases, followed by Maharashtra (56,206) and Tamil Nadu (47,643).
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The daily positivity rate in India was recorded at 3.17% and the weekly positivity rate at 4.46%, according to the bulletin.
A total of 1,17,591 patients have recovered in the past 24 hours and the cumulative number of recovered patients since the start of the pandemic is now 4, 15, 85,711, the bulletin said. India’s recovery rate now stands at 97.55%.
The country has reported 684 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the toll to 5,08,665.
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After witnessing the second wave in April-May last year, India’s COVID-19 cases began 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. 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”.
The peak of the current outbreak was recorded on January 21, 2022, when 3,47,254 new cases were recorded over a 24-hour period.
Meanwhile, 172.81 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far in a nationwide vaccination campaign.