India reported 25,467 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours, slightly more than yesterday’s 25,072 bringing the total number of infections to more than 3.24 crore.
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Active Covid cases have fallen to 3,19,551 in India, the lowest in 156 days. Active cases make up less than 1 percent of the total number of infections. 39,486 patients recovered in the past 24 hours, bringing total recovery to over 3.17 crore to date.
The recovery rate has steadily increased. It currently stands at 97.68 percent, the highest level since March last year. The daily positivity rate is at 1.55 percent — less than 3 percent for 29 consecutive days, a sign of relief. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the covid positivity rate of less than 5 percent is within the safe zone.
Maharashtra registered 27 new cases of the Delta Plus COVID-19 variant on Monday, bringing the total number of Delta Plus cases in the state to 103. The state regularly conducts genome sequencing tests on samples from Covid patients to determine the spread of mutants of the virus.
Delhi reported 17 coronavirus cases, the lowest since March 28 last year, and zero related deaths in 24 hours, data shared by the health department shows.
Kerala has been hit hard in recent months with more than 20,000 infections last Friday. The total number of infections in the state has exceeded 38 lakhs, second only to Maharashtra. Health Minister Veena George said the Kerala government is taking the best possible measures to contain the disease.
There isn’t enough evidence to suggest a third wave of Covid will affect children more than adults, the National Institute of Disaster Management has indicated, while warning there is still “reason for concern, if not panic” as long as they don’t- remain vaccinated and existing medical facilities remain inadequate.
Concerns have been raised about a third wave in recent weeks, especially with potentially more virulent variants of the virus in circulation – such as the ‘Delta Plus’ – as restrictions are eased across the country.
More than 63.85 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours. Total doses administered in the country have so far exceeded 58.89 crore, the health ministry said.
Zydus Cadila, whose Covid vaccine ZyCoV-D for adults and children ages 12 and older recently received approval, said it hopes to produce one crore dose per month by October. ZyCoV-D is the world’s first plasmid DNA vaccine against the coronavirus.
With emergency use approvals for Zydus Cadila and Johnson & Johnson, India now has seven Covid vaccines, although availability across the board is still an issue, some of which are not yet readily available.