In a worsening trend, India recorded 3,016 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours, a 40 percent jump since yesterday. The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 2.7 percent and the weekly positivity rate at 1.71 percent.
India's COVID-19 death toll has increased to 5,30,862 with 14 deaths -- three reported by Maharashtra, two from Delhi and one reported by Himachal Pradesh in a span of 24 hours and eight reconciled by Kerala.
The active cases now comprise 0.03 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.78 percent, according to the health ministry website.
Several states plan to hold emergency meetings over the alarming rise in Covid cases this week. Delhi, where the infection count had dropped to 0 on January 16, recorded 300 cases in the last 24 hours.
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