India logs over 3.17 lakh new cases, 491 deaths in last 24 hours

India recorded 3,17,532 new cases of the novel coronavirus, breaching the 3 lakh mark for the first time in eight months, along with 491 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday (January 20), the country saw a total of 2,23,990 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 93.69 per cent, and total recoveries data reached 3,58,07,029.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have risen to 19,24,051, the ministry data showed today.

The total death toll in the country is now at 4,87,693. The first death due to the COVID pandemic in India was reported in March 2020.

Additionally, the tally of Omicron cases has reached 9,287 on Thursday.
The daily COVID positivity rate is at 16.41 per cent today.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 70,93,56,830 samples have been tested up to January 19 for COVID-19. Of these, 19,35,180 samples were tested on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Delhi reported 13,785 fresh COVID-19 cases and 35 more fatalities due to the infection on Wednesday, while the positivity rate climbed to 23.86 per cent, according to the data shared by the Health Department.