India reported 38,948 new cases of COVID-19 today, 8.9 percent lower than yesterday. The total number of active cases is 4,04,874. The government said so far 68.75 crore doses of vaccines have been administered across the country.
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Active COVID-19 cases in India account for 1.23 percent of the total number of cases. The recovery rate is 97.44 percent.
At least 43,903 people have recovered in the past 24 hours. The weekly positivity rate of 2.58 percent has been below 3% for the past 73 days.
The daily positivity rate is reported to be 2.76 percent for the past seven days.
In 2020, the Covid count in India crossed the line of 20 lakh on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, and 50 lakh on September 16.
Last year the number also passed 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the crore mark on December 19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak via video conference with health workers in Himachal Pradesh today. Himachal Pradesh has successfully covered the entire eligible population with the first dose of Covid vaccination, the prime minister’s cabinet had said.
In Kerala, a state teetering under a daily surge of nearly 30,000 Covid cases, the Nipah virus has emerged as another threat, further increasing the vigilance of its health system.
The center has brought a team from the National Center for Disease Control to Kerala to provide support to the state, where a 12-year-old boy died on Sunday as a result of Nipah.
The threat of the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 is still lurking. It is a mutated version of the B.1.617.2 strain, which the World Health Organization named Delta.
Experts say the Delta strain caused the second wave of COVID-19, infecting millions and leading to the deaths of thousands.