With 242,676 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries mounted to 36,301,482. Consequently, the recovery rate is at 93.31 per cent.

In the last 24 hours, 488 people succumbed to the virus. The death toll is now at 488,884.

A total of 10,050 cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been detected so far. The ministry said that there is an increase of 3.69 per cent in Omicron cases since yesterday.

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 1,960,954 tests were conducted on Friday. Over 713.4 million tests have been conducted so far.

Meanwhile, in the ongoing nationwide vaccination drive against COVID-19 that was started on January 16 last year, India’s vaccination coverage has exceeded 1.61 billion.

With the administration of more than 6.7 million (67,49,746) vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 1.61 billion (1,61,16,60,078) as per provisional reports till 7:00 am today, the ministry said in a statement.

A total of 7453,904 precaution doses have been administered to eligible beneficiaries. Of these, 2,579,571 were given to healthcare workers, 2,469,995 to frontline workers and 2,404,338 to those above 60 years of age with comorbidities.

In the vaccination drive for those aged between 15-18 years, which was started on 3 January this year, 40,633,023 vaccine doses have been given so far.

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