India today reported 2,067 new Covid cases - a 65 per cent jump from yesterday. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country's active caseload stood at 12,340.
The number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours reached 40. These included 32 backlog deaths added by Kerala.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.49 per cent today. The weekly positivity rate currently stands at 0.38 per cent.
1,547 Covid patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. The total number of recoveries jumped to 4,25,13,248 since the beginning of the pandemic in the country. The recovery rate currently is at 98.76 per cent. The cumulative Covid vaccine doses administered across the country reached 186.90 crore.
Here are the Highlights on coronavirus cases in India:
Telangana on Wednesday recorded 20 new COVID-19 cases taking the state's tally to 7,91,692.
Of the fresh infections, Hyderabad reported the highest number of cases with 14.
West Bengal's COVID-19 tally rose to 20,17,874 on Wednesday as 28 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said.
The death toll remained unchanged at 21,200 as no fresh fatality was recorded,
Haryana's Gurugram district continued to witness an upswing in Covid cases, with 225 of the 310 infections which the state reported on Wednesday coming from the NCR district.
The Haryana government had on Monday made the wearing of face masks mandatory in four districts falling in the National Capital region including Gurugram.
Schools in Delhi will continue in offline mode, but they will have to ensure that Covid protocols are strictly followed failing which a penalty may be imposed for creating a deterrent effect, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) decided on Wednesday.
Gujarat on Wednesday reported 13 new coronavirus positive cases, which increased its infection tally to 12,24,195, the state health department said.
As 12 patients were discharged during the day, the number of recoveries rose to 12,13,161, it said.
Delhi today recorded 1,009 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, a 60 per cent rise from yesterday. The positivity rate has gone up to 5.7 per cent.
Ninety-seven percent of the samples taken from those who died of Covid in Delhi from January to March had the Omicron variant of coronavirus, according to government data.
With no significant surge in the number of Covid 19 cases in the State, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday that the situation is 'under control' in Maharashtra.
While addressing the media persons, Tope said "My Tuesday's survey on Covid situation in the state revealed that the state's covid count remained at 135, while 85 were from Mumbai alone. I had a discussion with the concerned officials, a necessary step will be taken accordingly."
Amid concerns about a possible fourth wave of COVID-19, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Wednesday said such a situation does not exist in the state as of now, but the government was taking all the required precautionary measures and monitoring rise in cases in other states and countries.
He advised people to continue to wear masks, especially at indoor gatherings, as a precautionary measure to control any new spread of infection.
Following a recent spurt in coronavirus cases, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday directed the officials to maintain utmost vigil on the health of children, especially in the NCR districts, and to create awareness about COVID-19 protocol in schools.
In the last 24 hours, 103 new positive cases were reported in Gautam Buddh Nagar and 33 in Ghaziabad.
The Chief Minister stressed on wearing face masks and vaccinating the remaining population in the National Capital Region districts (Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Meerut, Bulandshahr and Baghpat) and Lucknow.
He also directed the officials to make effective use of public address system to create awareness, a government spokesperson said.
At present, Uttar Pradesh houses 856 active cases. In the last 24 hours, 1.13 lakh tests were conducted and 170 new COVID-19 patients tested positive for the virus. In the same period, 110 people recovered from the infection.
The progress of the vaccination campaign is satisfactory but there is a need to accelerate the inoculation of children, the spokesperson said.
With over 30.86 crore COVID-19 jabs, the entire population aged above 18 has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 86.69 per cent of adults have received both doses, he said.
Among adolescents in the 15-17 age group, 94.26 per cent have received the first dose. The government is also focusing on fully vaccinating young adolescents in the age group of 12-14, he said.
Delhi residents may soon be fined for not wearing masks in public as authorities have been planning to being back the penalty amid a rise in Covid cases in and around the national capital, sources said today.
In view of a spurt in coronavirus cases in the city, the Delhi government today made wearing of masks mandatory in public places and imposed a fine of Rs 500 on violators.
Officials said the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, in its meeting, also decided not to shut schools, but chose to come up with a a separate Standard Operating Procedure in consultation with experts.
The government is expected to issue an official order regarding the mandatory use of masks soon.
Sources said authorities have been asked to keep a close watch on social gatherings and ramp up testing in the national capital.
They said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is closely monitoring the situation.
On Tuesday, Delhi recorded a nearly 26 per cent jump in fresh COVID-19 cases.
The health department said 632 fresh cases were reported on Wednesday and the positivity rate was 4.42 per cent.
The city had on Monday recorded 501 cases and zero death while the positivity rate stood at 7.72 per cent.
With the addition of 13 new coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 7,08,913, an official said today.
These new cases were reported on Tuesday, he said.
With no COVID-19 fatality, the number of deaths in the district remained unchanged at 11,889.
In the neighboring Palghar district, the overall COVID-19 case count is 1,63,605 while the death toll is 3,407, an official said.
2,067 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the last 24 hours.
India's active caseload currently stands at 12,340
1,547 recoveries in the last 24 hours increases total recoveries to 4,25,13,248.
186.90 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under nationwide vaccination drive.
COVID-19 active cases stand at 0.03%
Covid recovery rate currently at 98.76%
Covid deaths in last 24 hours - 40 (Kerala added 32 backlog deaths)
Daily positivity rate at 0.49%
Weekly positivity rate at 0.38%
83.29 crore total tests conducted so far; 4,21,183 tests conducted in the last 24 hours
Centre yesterday wrote to Kerala government asking it to provide Covid data daily and said that Kerala reporting this data after a gap of 5 days had impacted and skewed main Covid indicators like the number of cases and positivity rate.