India recorded 774 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with the current number of active cases standing at 4,187, as reported by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday. During this period, two deaths were reported, one each from Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, according to the ministry’s data.
Until December 5, the daily case count remained in double digits. However, it started to rise again due to cold weather conditions and the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant, JN.1. Following December 5, the highest single-day rise of 841 cases was reported on December 31, 2023, amounting to 0.2 per cent of the peak cases reported in May 2021, as per official sources. Of the 4,187 active cases, more than 92 per cent are recovering under home isolation.
An official source stated, “The currently available data suggests that the JN.1 variant is neither causing an exponential increase in new cases nor a surge in hospitalization and mortality.’’
India has experienced three waves of COVID-19 in the past, with the Delta wave peaking during April-June 2021, reporting 4,14,188 cases and 3,915 deaths on May 7, 2021. Since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, over 4.5 crore people have been infected, and more than 5.3 lakh have died across the country.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease is over 4.4 crore, resulting in a national recovery rate of 98.81 per cent according to the ministry’s website. The website also indicates that 220.67 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country so far.