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India's daily Covid-19 cases cross 300,000, home testing sees a spike

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A health official takes swab sample of a person on a street for COVID-19 test, amid concern over rising Omicron cases, in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)
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A health official takes swab sample of a person on a street for Covid-19 test, amid concern over rising Omicron cases, in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Ruchika Chitravanshi New Delhi
India logged over 317,000 cases on Thursday morning and the country’s daily positivity rate exceeded 16 per cent. Meanwhile, January has witnessed a dramatic increase in home testing, even as overall testing numbers have, barring a few districts, remained the same as in the second wave, health ministry data showed. While in 2021, 3,000 home tests were used, January 2022 has already seen over 200,000 such tests. 

The health ministry expressed worry over rising cases and high positivity rate in six states: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. “We are in continuous contact and dialogue with these states.

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First Published: Jan 20 2022 | 11:03 PM IST

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