India sees a surge in COVID-19 cases as the country reports a single-day rise of 3,095 fresh cases, bringing the active caseload to 15,208, according to the latest data from the Union Health Ministry.
The death toll has risen to 5,30,867 with five deaths reported in a span of 24 hours. Among them, one death each was reported by Goa and Gujarat, while three deaths were reconciled by Kerala.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.61%, while the weekly positivity rate stood at 1.91%. The total tally of COVID-19 cases in India now stands at 4.47 crore (4,47,15,786), with the active cases accounting for only 0.03% of the total infections. The national recovery rate has been recorded at 98.78%, with 4.41 crore (4,41,69,711) people having recovered from the disease. The case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19%.
According to the Ministry website, the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive continues to progress with 220.65 crore doses administered so far.
In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold a meeting on Friday to review the COVID-19 situation in the national capital amid a spurt in cases.
Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj and senior officials will be present at the meeting. The review will hold following a mock drill conducted in government-run hospitals last week, and measures taken by other states experiencing a spike in cases were also discussed.
On Thursday, Delhi reported 295 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 12.48%. The city logged 300 cases on Wednesday, the first time since August 31, with two deaths, while the positivity rate had jumped to 13.89%.
The situation in the national capital remains a cause of concern, and officials continue to monitor the situation closely. (With inputs from PTI)