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At 3.18 lakh, daily rise in Covid cases in India highest in 8 months

New Delhi, January 20

India logged 3,17,532 new coronavirus infections, the highest in 249 days, taking the total tally of Covid cases to 3,82,18,773, which includes 9,287 cases of the omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

The active cases rose to 19,24,051, the highest in 234 days, while the death toll climbed to 4,87,693 with 491 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.

There has been a 3.63 per cent increase in omicron cases since Wednesday, the ministry said.

The active cases comprised 5.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national recovery rate had decreased to 93.09 per cent, the ministry said.

An increase of 93,051 cases has been recorded in the active caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The country had reported 3,11,170 cases in a single day on May 15 last year.

The 491 new fatalities include 134 from Kerala and 49 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,87,693 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,41,934 from Maharashtra, 51,160 from Kerala, 38,486 from Karnataka, 37,073 from Tamil Nadu, 25,460 from Delhi, 22,990 from Uttar Pradesh and 20,193 from West Bengal.

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