India reports 9,216 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, marginally lower than yesterday
- India reported 9,216 new COVID-19 cases Friday
- 391 more people succumbed to the disease
- Two people in Bangalore were India's first reported Omicron cases
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that India reported 9,216 new cases in the last 24 hours. This means that the active caseload stands at 99,976. India also reported its first two Omicron variant cases on Thursday in Karnataka's Bangalore.
The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been less than 50,000 for 159 consecutive days now.
The active cases comprise 0.29 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.35 per cent, the ministry said.
An increase of 213 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.