India reports 1.62 lakh new COVID-19 cases on January 9, 2022

Daily positivity rate up at 10.21%; 89 lakh doses of vaccines administered.

The number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise on Sunday, with 1,62,926 new infections, taking the total number of active patients in India to over 6.3 lakh. The steep rise in the past week was primarily due to the case surge in urban centres such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Chennai.

Between January 4 and 8, Mumbai recorded more than 86,000 cases, a 150% increase in infections compared to the week before. Delhi recorded about 68,000 new cases, a 350% rise. Bengaluru registered close to 24,000 cases, a 400% increase. In the same period, Chennai saw 17,247 infections, a 350% increase compared to the past week.

Notably, the test positivity rate crossed the 10% mark in the country. That is, every 100 tests now yield ten positive cases.

The numbers are based on State bulletins released until 9.30 a.m. on Sunday. Assam, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh are some major States that had not yet released the day’s data by the cut-off time.

Andhra Pradesh reported 1,257 COVID-19 infections and two deaths in the 24 hours ending Sunday morning. The single-day tally crossed 1,000 for the first time in 101 days since October 1, 2021. At 3.27%, the positivity rate was also the highest in the past 180 days. The number of active cases tripled in just five days from 1,848 on January 5 to 4,774 on Sunday.

 

For the first time in months, many districts reported more than 100 new infections in a day. Chittoor reported 254 infections. It was followed by Visakhapatnam (196), Anantapur (138), Krishna (117), Guntur (104), Nellore (103), East Godavari (93), Vizianagaram (83), Srikakulam (55), Prakasam (40), Kurnool (29), West Godavari (25) and Kadapa (20).

The number of active cases in Bihar until January 8 was 12,311, with over 7,000 in Patna district. More than 350 doctors and medical staff in the state have tested positive, most of whom were from Nalanda Medical College and Hospital. In addition, some staff of a private airline working at the Patna airport was also tested positive.

In Gujarat, the case count increased by 6,275, while 1,263 patients recovered. As a result, active cases neared the 28,000-mark, of which 26 patients were on ventilator support.

Anantapur district recorded 138 cases, Krishna (117), Guntur (104), Nellore (103), East Godavari (93), Vizianagaram (83), Srikakulam (55), Prakasam (40), Kurnool (29), West Godavari (25) and Kadapa (20).

In Bihar, 25 new cases of the Omicron variant were recorded on Sunday. Earlier, one case of Omicron was confirmed in Patna. The number of active cases in Bihar till January 8 was 12,311, with Patna considered the worst-affected district registering 7,072 cases.

Over 350 doctors and medical staff in the State have been tested COVID-19 positive. Most of the doctors infected with the pandemic disease are from Patna-based Nalanda Medical College and Hospital. Some staff of a private airline at Patna airport too tested COVID-19 positive on Sunday.

In Gujarat, the COVID-19 case count increased by 6,275, while 1,263 patients recovered. Active cases reached 27,913, out of which 26 patients were on ventilator support.

Kerala’s COVID-19 graph was on a slow rise and on Sunday, the State reported 6,238 new cases with 54,108 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. With the increase in new cases, the number of patients in the State’s active case pool has risen to 34,902, of whom, 2,538 persons are being treated for moderate or severe COVID in hospitals across the State. Between January 2-8, new cases went up by 82% in comparison to the previous week.

New hospitalisations in Kerala on Sunday was 261, while 2,390 persons were reported to have recovered from the disease on the day. Current ICU occupancy of COVID patients in both public and private hospitals in the State showed a nominal increase and stands at 435 cases, while the number of patients requiring ventilator support showed a slight increase to 157 on Sunday.

Odisha approached 5,000 COVID-19 infections per day when the State reported a jump of over 1,000 cases in 24 hours to 4,714 new cases on Sunday. As many as 4,714 persons tested positive for coronavirus, registering 28.13% growth in cases in a single day. Khordha district, the epicentre of the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, reported 1,619 cases — 34.34% of State’s total cases reported on Sunday.

Odisha’s active case count was 16,117 cases, of whom 15,640 patients were being treated in home isolation. “The present trend shows that around 97% of the patients can be managed without actual hospitalisation. Only around 3% of the available beds, 11% of the ICUs and 3% of the ventilators are being used,” the government said.

Uttar Pradesh recorded 7,695 new cases and four deaths, taking the total active cases to 25,974.

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