India logs 743 Covid cases, 7 new deaths

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India on Saturday recorded 743 fresh COVID-19 infections while the number of active cases stood at 3,997, the Union health ministry said.

Seven new fatalities — three from Kerala, two from Karnataka and one each from Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu — were reported in a span of 24 hours.

Along with, the nation has also reported a total of 145 cases of Covid-19 subvariant JN.1 till December 28. These samples were collected between November 21 and December 18, 2023. The highest number of JN.1 variant cases has been reported from Kerala. The World Health Organization has classified JN.1 as a separate “variant of interest” given its rapidly increasing spread but said it poses a “low” global public health risk.The number of daily cases was in double digits till December 5 but it began to rise again amid cold weather conditions and after the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease stands at over 4.4 crore with a national recovery rate of 98.81 per cent. As per the data, 220.67 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered so far in the country.