India reported 38,667 new COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 3,21,56,493, and the daily positivity rate to 1,73 per cent, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.

A decrease of 1,453 daily new cases has been recorded in a span of 24 hours.
With this, the daily positivity rate remained less than 3 per cent for the last 19 days and the weekly positivity rate currently stands at 2.05 per cent.

The active cases have declined to 3,87,673 which comprise 1.21 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate is at 97.45 per cent.

As per the health ministry, 3,13,38,088 patients have already recovered from COVID-19 with 35,743 recovering in the last 24 hours.

With 478 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the death toll now stands at 4,30,732.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 22,29,798 tests were conducted on Friday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 to 49,17,00,577.

Meanwhile, 63,80,937 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative number of COVID vaccine doses administered in the country to 53,61,89,903.

The total number of cases of the Delta Plus variant of coronavirus in Maharashtra have risen to 66, said the State Health Department on Friday.

“Total cases of the Delta Plus variant in Maharashtra have risen to 66 after a case was reported in Thane yesterday. A total of five deaths due to the Delta Plus variant have been reported – two from Ratnagiri and one each from Mumbai, Beed and Raigad,” said the State Health Department.
Genomic sequencing of coronaviruses is being carried out on a regular basis as an integral part of corona prevention and control measures. Genetic sequencing is a very important component of laboratory surveys. This genetic sequencing is done in two ways including Sentinel Survey.

Under Sentinel Survey, five laboratories and five hospitals in the state have been selected as Sentinel Centers. Each Sentinel Center sends 15 laboratory samples every fortnight to the National Institute of Virology and the National Institute of Cell Science, Pune for genetic sequencing.

The Government of Maharashtra has entered into an agreement with the Institute of Genomics and Integrated Biology, a laboratory under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, to expedite the genetic sequencing survey.