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Coronavirus Live Updates: India Reports 2,64,202 New Covid Cases, 6.7% Higher Than Thursday

Covid Cases in India: A total of 5,753 Omicron cases are amongst all Covid cases reported so far.

New Delhi:

India reported 2,64,202 fresh COVID-19 infections in 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday, taking the total case tally in the country to 3,65,82,129.

The new cases mark a 6.7 per cent jump from the 2.47 lakh daily cases reported on Thursday. A total of 5,753 Omicron cases are amongst all Covid cases reported in India so far.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 14.78 per cent — up from 13.11% on Thursday — while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 11.83 per cent.

The country also reported 315 new deaths, taking the total fatalities in India to 485,350, while active cases rose to 12,72,073.

The active cases comprise 3.48 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 95.2 per cent, the ministry said on Friday.

Here are the Live Updates on coronavirus cases in India:

Google Mandates Weekly COVID-19 Tests For US Offices: Report

Alphabet Inc’s Google is temporarily mandating weekly COVID-19 tests for any person entering Google offices or facilities in the United States, CNBC reported on Friday, citing a memo obtained by the news channel.

Anyone who comes into a Google’s U.S. work sites will require a negative test, be required to report their vaccination status and wear surgical-grade masks while at the office, the report said.

The temporary policy of weekly testing comes as cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant surge in the country, the report added.

West Bengal BJP Writes To State Election Commission Seeking Postponement Of Civic Polls Amid Surge In COVID-19 Cases

In view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the West Bengal BJP on Friday wrote to the State Election Commission (SEC) requesting to postpone the municipality elections for a month.

“We would like to add since the notification of said elections on December 28, 2021, as per the Bulletin of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal, the daily reported COVID cases jumped from 732 to 23,467 on 13 January 2022,” it said.

The BJP said that the positivity rate has also jumped from 2.35 per cent on 28 December 2021 to 32.13 per cent on 13 January 2022 in the state.