India reports 8,895 new Covid cases, 2796 deaths as Bihar, Kerala clear ‘backlog

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The Covid-19 tally in India was increased by 8,895 on Sunday, pushing the overall tally to reach above 3.4 crore, according to the daily health bulletin by the Union ministry of health and family welfare. The death toll was at 473,326, as per the updated data.

The active caseload saw a fall and reached 99,155. It currently accounts for less than 1% of total cases with 0.29 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.

In the last 24 hours, as many as 6,918 people were recuperated from Covid-19, taking the total number of total Recoveries to 3,40,60,774.

The recovery rate is currently at 98.35 per cent, the data also showed.

According to the data, the daily positivity rate (0.73%) has been less than 2 per cent for the last 62 days. The weekly positivity rate (0.80%) has been less than 1 per cent for the last 21 days.

Meanwhile, the number of people infected with the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 reached four on Saturday after two more people tested positive for the new strain.

One of the Omicron positive patients includes a 33-year-old man from Kalyan-Dombivli municipal area near Mumbai who had returned from South Africa via Dubai. The man, reported to be a marine engineer, was unvaccinated.

A 72-year-old NRI man from Gujarat was also found to be infected with the new strain, classified as ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The country’s first two cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 were reported on Thursday in Karnataka –in a 66-year-old South African flyer, and a 46-year-old Bengaluru doctor with no travel history. Both men were fully vaccinated.

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