As many as 2,035 people recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 4,26,11,370 in the country. The national recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 per cent.
With the 14 fresh deaths, the total number of fatalities have reached 5,24,586.
The total number of active cases in India is 17,087 at present – a rise of 779 infections in the caseload in a day – accounting for 0.04 per cent of the total positive cases. The daily positivity rate is 0.60 per cent while the weekly positivity rate is at 0.56 per cent.
As many as 4,74,309 tests were conducted during the previous day.
Meanwhile, amidst the rising Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, health officials on Saturday said seven patients were found infected with newer Omicron sublineages of BA.4 (four people) and BA.5 (three people) in Pune.
Maharashtra is the third state to report these newer sublineages, which are responsible for the fifth wave in South Africa. A few days back, Insacog scientists announced that two cases of BA.4 were detected in Tamil Nadu and one BA.5 in Telangana.
Meanwhile, 13,81,764 people were vaccinated on Saturday, taking the total number of vaccinations to 1,93,28,44,077, according to the government data.
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya had said on Saturday that over 88 per cent of the adult population in the country is fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Even Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Saturday appreciated India’s vaccination drive during a meeting with Mandaviya at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland’s Davos.
Gates said, “It was great to meet Dr Mansukh Mandaviya and exchange perspectives on global health. India’s success with the vaccination drive and the use of technology to drive health outcomes at scale offers many lessons for the world.”
The nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme was started by the government on January 16, 2021, and the new phase of universalisation of vaccination commenced on June 21.