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Coronavirus: India records over 2.64 lakh new cases, 351 deaths in a day


India reported 2,64,202 coronavirus cases on Friday morning, taking the overall tally to 3,65,82,129 since the pandemic began in the country in January 2020. The number of cases was 6.78% more than Thursday’s count of 2,47,417 cases.

The active cases increased by 1,54,542, taking the total count to 12,72,073. The daily positivity rate stood at 14.78%.

The toll increased to 351 after 4,85,350 patients died over the last 24 hours.

As many as 1,09,345 people recovered from the disease on Friday, taking the total to 3,48,24,706. The recovery rate stood at 95.20%.

Cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus rose to 5,753 from Thursday’s tally of 5,488 infections. The new strain is now present in all 28 states.

The single-day case count in Delhi, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka crossed the 20,000-mark on Thursday.

The Capital reported 28,867 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day infection count recorded in the city since the pandemic broke out in January 2020. With this, Delhi’s total case count climbed to 16,46,583. The test positivity rate increased to 29.21% from Wednesday’s 26.22%.

In West Bengal, 23,467 people tested positive for the coronavirus disease and 26 died. With this, the infection count climbed to 18,41,052 and the toll stood at 19,621.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told Prime Minister Narendra…

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