Daily Covid figures in India rose by more than four percent as the country reported 46,759 new cases on Saturday, the most in nearly two months, while the number of cases rose in Kerala. According to the government, 509 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
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Kerala has contributed 32,801 cases in the past 24 hours to bring the total number of those affected in the state by the viral infection to 38,14,305. The southern state has reported more than 30,000 cases for three days.
Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country, reported 4,654 new infections and 170 fatalities in 24 hours.
No virus-related death was recorded in Delhi on Friday, while 46 new cases were reported with a 0.06 percent positivity rate, according to the city’s health department. This is the 17th time since the start of the second wave of the pandemic in the national capital that there have been zero single day fatalities.
With the positivity rate in the national capital at 0.1 percent, the Delhi government has decided to open schools in the city from September 1. However, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said students need parental consent and no one will be forced to attend classes thanks to a hybrid system.
The daily positivity rate in India remains below 3 percent for the past 28 days and currently stands at 2.19 percent. Active cases make up 1.10% of the total number of cases, the lowest since March 2020, while the national recovery rate from COVID-19 is 97.56 percent, the health ministry said.
More than 62.29 crore vaccine doses have been administered as part of the nationwide vaccination campaign to date. On Friday, India set another milestone with more than 1 crore doses being delivered to beneficiaries.
On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people on the success of the vaccination exercise. “Record vaccination numbers today! Crossing 1 crore is a momentous achievement. Kudos to those who are being vaccinated and those who have made the vaccination a success,” he tweeted.
The Delta variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 doubles the risk of hospitalization compared to the Alpha variant that has supplanted it as the dominant strain worldwide, according to a study. Only 1.8 percent of the more than 43,000 Covid cases assessed when comparing the two variants involved patients who had been fully vaccinated, researchers reported in The Lancet.
The number of coronavirus patients in U.S. hospitals crossed 100,000 on Thursday, the highest level in eight months, as a resurgence of COVID-19, spurred by the highly contagious Delta strain, strains the country’s health care system. The number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the US has more than doubled in the past month.
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has crossed the 200 million mark. Cases are rising in about a third of the world’s countries, many of which have not even given half of their populations a first dose.