India sees over 58,000 new cases, 534 deaths in 24 hours; Omicron tally crosses 2,000

The number of daily COVID-19 cases continued to rise in India as the country recorded 58,097 new infections in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Wednesday (January 5, 2022) morning.

While the daily positivity rate has now increased to 4.18%, the weekly positivity rate has mounted to 2.60%. With this, the country's active coronavirus caseload has jumped to 2,14,004. India's Omicron tally has crossed 2,000 on Tuesday and the new COVID-19 variant has now been detected in 24 states and UTs. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, out of the total 2,135 Omicron infections across the country, 828 have been discharged, recovered or migrated. Maharashtra with 653 Omicron cases, Delhi with 464, Kerala with 185 and Rajasthan with 174 cases have been the worst-hit states in the country.