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Live news updates: India reported 271,202 new cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, its highest daily count in eight months, taking its total tally to 37.12 million, the health ministry said on Sunday. Deaths from the disease rose by 314 to 486,066..

The positivity rate—the percentage of tests that turn out to be Covid positive–was lower at 16.28 per cent from 16.66 per cent Saturday. The country has 7,743 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, with infections increasing by 28.17 per cent since Saturday.

Virat Kohli shocked the Indian cricket world on Saturday by abruptly resigning as the national side’s test captain, after leading the team to memorable overseas victories in his seven years in charge.


The 33-year-old, considered one of the best batsmen of his era, took to Twitter to announce his decision a day after India’s 2-1 series defeat in South Africa.

A ban on political rallies and roadshows in five states holding assembly elections will continue until January 22 due to the coronavirus, said the Election Commission on Saturday. Political parties may hold indoor meetings of 300 persons or 50 per cent of the capacity of a hall.

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