New Delhi, January 17: India witnessed a single-day increase of 269 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of active cases now standing at 2,556, as per the health ministry’s announcement on Wednesday. The ministry’s data, updated at 8 am, also confirmed three recent deaths – two in Kerala and one in Maharashtra.The decline in daily cases had persisted until December 5, but a resurgence followed the emergence of a new variant and colder weather conditions. Since December 5, the highest single-day rise was 841 new cases on December 31, 2023, constituting 0.2 per cent of the peak cases recorded in May 2021, according to official sources.Around 92 per cent of the total active cases are reportedly recovering under home isolation. The official source stated, “The currently available data suggests that the JN.1 sub-variant is neither leading to an exponential rise in new cases nor a surge in hospitalization and mortality.”India, having experienced three waves of COVID-19, reached its peak during the delta wave in April-June 2021, reporting 414,188 new cases and 3,915 deaths on May 7, 2021.Since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, more than 4.5 crore people have been infected, resulting in over 5.3 lakh deaths in approximately four years across the country. The number of recovered cases stands at over 4.4 crore, with a national recovery rate of 98.81 per cent, according to the ministry’s website.The vaccination drive has seen 220.67 crore doses of COVID vaccines administered in the country, as per the website’s data.