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India records 605 fresh COVID-19 cases; four deaths in a day


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Four deaths, two each from Karnataka and Kerala have been reported in 24 hours, according to the ministry's data updated at 8 am. NEW DELHI: India has recorded 605 new cases of COVID-19, while the number of active cases of the infection has declined to 3,643, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Four deaths, two each from Karnataka and Kerala have been reported in 24 hours, according to the ministry's data updated at 8 am.

The number of daily cases had dropped to double-digits till December 5, 2023, but cases began to increase after the emergence of a new variant and cold weather conditions. After December 5, 841 new cases were reported on December 31, 2023, which was 0.2 per cent of the peak cases reported in May 2021, official sources said. Of the total active cases, a large majority of these (around 92 per cent) are recovering under home isolation. "The currently available data suggests that the JN.1 variant is neither leading to an exponential rise in new cases nor a surge in hospitalisation and mortality," the official source stated.

India has witnessed three waves of COVID-19 in the past with the peak incidence of daily new cases and deaths being reported during the Delta wave in April-June 2021. At its peak, 4,14,188 new cases and 3,915 deaths were reported on May 7, 2021. Since the pandemic began in early 2020, more than 4.5 crore people have been infected and over 5.3 lakh have died since then across the country. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease stands at over 4.4 crore with a national recovery rate of 98.81 per cent, according to the ministry's website. According to the website, 220.67 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines have so far been administered in the country. (THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)