India reports 2,58,089 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

India’s Covid-19 infections rose by 2,58,089 in the past 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 37.38 million, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. The ministry added that there were 385 fatalities, and the country’s death toll has gone up to 4,86,451. While the number of Covid-19 cases is slightly lower than Sunday, the ministry’s data showed higher deaths.

Registering an increase of 6.02 per cent in a day, Omicron cases in India have gone up to 8,209, the ministry said. Active Covid-19 cases now stand at 16,56,341, while the recovery rate is 94.27 per cent.

Meanwhile, the ministry said more than 157 crore doses had been administered so far as India’s vaccination drive against Covid-19 completed a year.

The Centre told the Supreme Court that Covid-19 inoculation guidelines issued by the Union health ministry do not envisage forcible vaccination without obtaining an individual’s consent.

On the issue of exempting persons with disabilities from producing vaccination certificates, the Centre told the apex court that it had not issued any SOP that makes it mandatory to carry the vaccination certificate for any purpose.