India records 12,781 new COVID cases in a day


India on Monday recorded 12,781 cases of COVID-19 with 18 fatalities. This brings its infection tally to 4,33,09,473, and death count to 5,24,873.

According to data from the Union health ministry, an increase of 4,366 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

It added that the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.89 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 2.50 per cent, with recovery rate recorded at 98.62 per cent.

A total of 8,537 people have been recovered from the coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 4,27,07,900. The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.62 per cent.

The weekly Covid-19 cases in the country surged to a record high in four months with around 80,000 new infections recorded in the last seven days, a 62 percent rise registered than the previous 7-day tally.

The death due to the virus in the week ending Sunday remained low at 93, which was more than the combined toll in the last two weeks.

The country has been registering increasing cases in the last 30 days, but the last two weeks have seen an accelerated surge.

According to INSACOG, a consortium of 38 laboratories to monitor Covid variants, said tha Omicron sub-lineages including BA.2 and BA.2.38, and BA.4 and BA.5 were behind the recent surge.

 The fresh cases in the country rose in most of the states and UTs in the last seven days. Maharashtra, reporting the maximum cases, reported 4,004 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 2,087 in Mumbai, and one fatality. The state reported 25,172 weekly cases, up from 17,380 in the previous week.

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