India reported 27,553 Covid-19 cases and 284 deaths in a day. With 9,249 recoveries recorded in the last 24 hours, the active caseload stood at 1,22,801.
The Omicron tally in India reached 1,525, according to a press release by the Union Ministry of Health.
Major cities across the country have witnessed a surge in their Covid count. Delhi saw 2,716 fresh cases Saturday, the highest number of single-day cases recorded since May 21 in the city. In Mumbai, 6,180 new Covid-19 cases were recorded with its positivity rate nearing 13 per cent. Karnataka, too, breached the thousand-mark in a single-day spike in cases as the state Saturday recorded 1,033 fresh Covid cases of which, Bengaluru Urban reported 810 cases.
Meanwhile, Covid vaccination for children is set to begin Monday, January 3. Data on the Cowin dashboard showed 3,15,416 registrations for 15-18-year-olds until 11.30 pm Saturday, after registrations began for the age group.