Corona Virus (COVID-19) Latest Updates
IANS 24 September 2021
At 31,000 new cases, India's active COVID load lowest in 188 days
24-09-2021 11:55

India reported 31,382 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, even as the active cases declined to its lowest in 188 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The daily Covid fatality crossed the 300-mark yet again as 318 people died in the last 24 hours, pushing the total death count to 4,46,368. The fatality rate stood at 1.33 per cent for the last few weeks.

India had registered 282 deaths on Thursday and 383 on Wednesday.

Kerala, which has been reporting the maximum new cases for the last few weeks, witnessed yet another spike on Thursday as it reported 19,682 new cases against 19,675 on Wednesday.

Similarly, Maharashtra also continued to witness a rise in the new cases. The state reported 3,320 new cases on Thursday against 3,608 reported on Wednesday.

As per the Union Health Ministry's data, a total of 32,542 people recovered in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative recoveries so far to 3,28,48,273. The Covid recovery rate stands at 97.78 per cent.

At present, India has 3,00,163 active cases, the lowest in the last 188 days, which is 0.89 per cent of the total positive cases registered since 2020.

The daily positivity rate declined to 2 per cent, which remained below 3 per cent for the last 25 days.

The weekly positivity rate was at 2.07 per cent, remaining below 3 per cent for the last 91 days, according to the health ministry.

A total of 55.99 crore (55,99,32,709) Covid samples have been tested so far in the country, out of which 15,65,696 were tested in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry data said.

Till date, the country has administered 83.39 crore (84,15,18,026) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 72,20,642 inoculations were done in the last 24 hours, health ministry's data said.

 
 
Door-to-door COVID vaccination allowed for disabled: Govt
24-09-2021 06:00

The Indian government has allowed door-to-door Covid vaccination for differently-abled people and those with restricted mobility, officials said.

Addressing a press briefing on the Covid situation, NITI Aayog's Dr V.K. Paul said that guidelines have been issued in this regard.

"We are starting vaccinations at home for those who are not able to visit the vaccination centres. Advisory has been issued. SOPs will be follow," he said.

Noting the process will be effective, safe, nurturing, supportive and will follow the standard operating procedure, he said that persons with restricted mobility, disability and special needs that hamper their accessibility to the vaccine centres will get the vaccines at their home, and for this, teams will be formed at the local levels with the support of state government.

It is advised that a list of such potential beneficiaries and their caregivers may be prepared in the catchment area of every planning unit and collated at the district level, he added.

 
 
At 31,923 COVID cases, India sees slight surge in infections
23-09-2021 11:10

With 31,923 new Covid cases registered in the last 24 hours, India's daily new cases on Thursday crossed the 30,000 mark yet again.

With this, the total coronavirus case tally in the country has increased to 3,35,63,421, according to the data updated by Union Health Ministry and Family Welfare on Thursday.

However, the country witnessed slight dip in daily Covid related deaths as 282 fatalities were registered in the last 24 hours against 383 deaths on Wednesday. The total Covid fatality in the country has risen to 4,46,050. The fatality rate remained at 1.33 per cent for the last few weeks.

Kerala, which has been reporting the maximum new cases for the last few weeks, witnessed yet another spike on Wednesday as it reported 19,675 new cases against 15,768 on Tuesday. Similarly, Maharashtra also continued to witness a spike in new cases as it reported 3,608 new cases on Wednesday.

As per the Health Ministry's data, a total of 41,990 people recovered in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative recoveries so far to 3,28,15,731. The Covid recovery rate stands at 97.77 per cent.

At present, India has 3,01,640 active cases, the lowest in the last 187 days, which is 0.90 per cent of the total positive cases registered since 2020.

The daily positivity rate declined to 2.09 per cent, which remained below 3 per cent for the last 24 days, while the weekly positivity rate remained at 2.11 per cent, remaining below 3 per cent for the last 90 days, according to the health ministry.

A total of 55.83 crore (55,83,67,013) Covid samples have been tested so far in the country, out of which 15,27,443 were tested in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry data said.

Till date, the country has administered 83.39 crore (83,39,90,049) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 71,38,205 jabs were given in the last 24 hours, health ministry's data said.
 
India reports 26,964 new COVID cases, a spike in fatalities
22-09-2021 11:50

India reported 26,964 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours which remained below the 30,000 mark for the second consecutive day, Union Health Ministry's data showed on Wednesday.

However, the country witnessed a spike in daily Covid related deaths as 383 fatalities were registered in the last 24 hours. The total Covid fatality in the country has risen to 4,45,768. The fatality rate remained at 1.33 per cent.

There were 26,115 cases and 252 deaths on Tuesday.

Out of total fresh Covid cases reported in the last 24 hours across the country, 15,768 were reported from Kerala alone while Maharashtra witnessed a slight surge in new cases as there were 3,131 new cases against 2,583 cases on Tuesday, according to the Union Health Ministry's report.

As per the Health Ministry's data, a total of 34,167 people infected with Covid have recovered, pushing the cumulative recoveries so far to 3,27,83,741. The Covid recovery rate was reported at 97.77 per cent on Wednesday.

At present, India has 3,01,989 active cases, which is 0.90 per cent of the total positive cases registered since 2020.

The daily positivity rate declined to 1.69 per cent, which remained below 3 per cent for the last 23 days, while the weekly positivity rate remained at 2.08 per cent, remaining below 3 per cent for the last 89 days, according to the health ministry.

A total of 55.67 crore (55,67,54,282) Covid samples have been tested so far in the country, out of which 15,92,395 were tested in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry data said.

Till date, the country has administered 82.65 crore (82,65,15,754) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 75,57,529 jabs were given in the last 24 hours, health ministry's data said.
 
At 26,115 new COVID cases, India sees dip in infections
21-09-2021 11:50

India's daily Covid tally marginally improved with 26,115 new cases in the last 24 hours against the 30,000 plus cases that were reported daily for the last few days.

Out of total fresh Covid cases reported in the last 24 hours across the country, 15,692 were reported from Kerala alone while Maharashtra accounted for 2,583 cases, according to the Union Health Ministry's report.

India also witnessed slight dip in daily Covid related deaths in the last 24 hours and with 252 fatalities, the total death tally in the country so far reached 4,45,385. The fatality rate has remained at 1.33 per cent for the last few days.

Also, the number of recoveries in the last 24 hours was higher than the numbers of new positive cases registered. According to the Union Health Ministry's data, a total of 34,469 people infected with Covid have recovered, pushing the cumulative recoveries so far to 3,27,49,574.

The Covid recovery rate was reported at 97.75 per cent on Tuesday.

At present, India has 3,09,575 active cases, which is 0.92 per cent of the total positive cases registered since 2020.

The daily positivity rate declined to 1.85 per cent, which remained below 3 per cent for the last 22 days, while the weekly positivity rate was at 2.08 per cent, remaining below 3 per cent for the last 88 days, according to the health ministry.

A total of 55.50 crore (55,50,35,717) Covid samples have been tested so far in the country, out of which 14,13,951 were tested in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry data said.

Till date, the country has administered 81.85 crore (81,85,13,827) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 96,46,778 jabs were given in the last 24 hours, the data added.

 
 
India records over 30,000 COVID cases, 295 deaths in a day
20-09-2021 12:40

India's daily Covid cases continued to cross 30,000 mark for the last few days with 30,256 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, data released on Monday showed.

With 295 deaths registered in the same time span, the total Covid fatality has risen to 4,45,133, the Union health Ministry's report said.

The fatality rate has remained at 1.33 per cent for the last few days.

The overall active cases in India stands at 3,18,181, which is 0.99 per cent of the total, the lowest since March 2020.

In the same time span, a total of 43,938 Covid-infected patients recovered, pushing the country's total recoveries to 3,27,15,105. The Covid recovery rate in the last 24 hours remained at 97.72 per cent.

The daily positivity rate was reported at 2.57 per cent, which remained below 3 per cent for the last 21 days, while the weekly positivity rate was at 2.07 per cent, remaining below 3 per cent for the last 87 days, according to IMD.

A total of 55.36 crore (55,36,21,766) Covid samples have been tested so far in the country, out of which 11,77,607 were tested in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Till date, the country has administered 80.95 crore (80,85,68,144) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 37,78,296 jabs were given in the last 24 hours, the data has showed.

Almost half of India's Covid cases are being reported from Kerala which recorded 19,653 fresh cases on Sunday. Kerala remained the top affected Covid state in the country, with a positivity rate of over 17 per cent. It also recorded 152 deaths. Maharashtra registered 3,413 new Covid cases on Sunday, as per the Union Health Ministry's report.
 
COVID origins probe: The Lancet does U-turn over lab leak theory
19-09-2021 17:00

After facing backlash for its coverage of the origins of the Covid pandemic, the much-acclaimed scientific journal -- The Lancet has now published an 'alternative view' from 16 scientists.

The international team of health experts, in the open letter, make an appeal for an "objective, open, and transparent scientific debate about the origin of SARS-CoV-2".

Scientists "need to evaluate all hypotheses on a rational basis, and to weigh their likelihood based on facts and evidence, devoid of speculation concerning possible political impacts", the authors wrote.

The Lancet, had in February last year, published an open letter that "strongly condemned conspiracy theories" surrounding the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, suggesting that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin.

Earlier this year, it was revealed earlier that Peter Daszak -- a British scientist and president of the US-based non-profit EcoHealth Alliance that has a direct connection with China -- had secretly orchestrated the now-infamous letter. The firm has also funded research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).

In the new open letter, the scientists discuss the possibility that laboratory research might have played a role in the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

"We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin", they said, in a statement that "imparted a silencing effect on the wider scientific debate".

However, "there is no direct support for the natural origin of SARS-CoV-2, and a laboratory-related accident is plausible", the authors stated.

"It might seem small, but after 18 months of complete denial, the very act of [The] Lancet agreeing to publish this letter acknowledging the origins of Covid-19 remains an open verdict, is a very big deal," Professor Nikolai Petrovsky of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, one of the signatories, told Daily Mail on Sunday.

"For a leading medical journal like Lancet to agree to finally open its doors to a letter from scientists highlighting the ongoing uncertain origins of Covid-19, indicates how far we have come in 18 months in requesting an open scientific debate on the topic, but also indicates just how far we still have to go," he added.

Further, the new letter also implored China to open up and allow access to proper investigation. While the first joint World Health Organisation-China Study concluded that the laboratory origin was "extremely unlikely", WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has declared that all hypotheses remained on the table including that of a laboratory leak.

China has, meanwhile, resisted a second full and unrestricted probe into the origins of the outbreak by WHO, accusing the global health body of "arrogance" and a "disrespect for common sense".

"While we need more evidence, the world will remain mired in dispute without full engagement of China, including open access to primary data, documents, and relevant stored material to enable a thorough, transparent, and objective search for all relevant evidence," the authors wrote.

 
 
India reports 34,403 new COVID cases, 320 deaths in past 24 hours
17-09-2021 13:10

In the past 24 hours, India reported 34,403 new Covid-19 cases and 320 fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry's latest report on Friday.

With the new fatalities, the country's cumulative death toll increased to 4,44,248. The fatality rate has remained at 1.33 per cent for the last few days.

This is the second consecutive day that the number of single-day cases were above the 30,000 mark.

On Thursday, the figure was 30,570 cases on Thursday.

With a reduction of 3,867 active cases in a span of 24 hours, the overall number stood at 3,39,056, which is 1.03 per cent of the total Covid infections reported in the country since early 2020.

In the same time span, a total of 37,950 Covid-infected patients recovered, pushing the country's total recoveries to 3,25,98,424.

The Covid recovery rate in the last 24 hours remained at 97.64 per cent.

The weekly positivity rate, which currently stands at 1.97 per cent, has been less than 3 per cent for the last 84 days.

A total of 54.77 crore Covid sample tests were conducted in the country, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Till date, the country has administered over 77.24 crore (77,24,25,744) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 63,97,972 jabs were given in the last 24 hours, the data showed.

Kerala, which has been reporting the highest daily Covid cases for the last few weeks, has registered 17,681 new infections, while Maharashtra reported 3,783 new cases, according to the Health Ministry's report.

On Thursday, the Ministry insisted on extra caution for the upcoming festival season.

"Covid safe festivities this year will be a determining factor in our fight against the pandemic," Covid task-force's V.K.Paul said.
 
 
1 out of every 500 Americans have died due to COVID: Report
16-09-2021 09:50

As the US' Covid-19 death toll exceeded 663,000 this week, it meant that roughly one in every 500 Americans succumbed to the disease since the onset of the pandemic early last year, a media report said.

"The goal of testing, mask-wearing, keeping six feet apart and limiting gatherings was to slow the spread of the highly infectious virus until a vaccine could stamp it out. The vaccines came but not enough people have been immunised, and the triumph of science waned as mass death and disease remain," Xinhua news agency quoted The Washington Post report as saying on Wednesday.

AS of Thursday morning, the country's overall death toll stood at 666,615, while the cases have increased to 41,536,813.

"While the Covid death toll overwhelms the imagination, even more, stunning is the deadly efficiency with which it has targeted Black, Latino, and American Indian and Alaska Native people in their 30s, 40s and 50s.

"The pandemic has brought into stark relief centuries of entwining social, environmental, economic and political factors that erode the health and shorten the lives of people of colour, putting them at higher risk of the chronic conditions that leave immune systems vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Many of those same factors fuel the misinformation, mistrust and fear that leave too many unprotected.

"Many people don't have a physician they see regularly due in part to significant provider shortages in communities of colour. If they do have a doctor, it can cost too much money for a visit even if insured.

"There are language barriers for those who don't speak English fluently and fear of deportation among undocumented immigrants," the report added.

According to The Washington Post, people older than 85 make up only 2 per cent of the US population, but a quarter of the total death toll.

One in 35 people 85 or older died of Covid-19, compared with 1 in 780 people age 40 to 64.

Death rates for younger groups, 40 to 64 years old, are much lower, but racial inequities grow larger, it said.

In the younger working-age group, 18 to 39 years old, the racial differences are even greater, with Covid-19 killing Blacks and Hispanics more than three times as often as Whites, and Native Americans almost nine times as much, the report added.

Covid-19 deaths and cases in the US have climbed to levels not seen since last winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden's argument for sweeping new vaccination requirements.

Fifty-four per cent of US adults said the worst of the outbreak is still to come, despite widespread vaccination efforts, according to a Pew Research Center report released on Wednesday.

 
 
At 27,176 new cases, India's daily tally below 30,000 in past 4 days
15-09-2021 11:30

India witnessed a marginal spike in new Covid cases on Wednesday after a few days of continued decline in daily cases. In the last 24 hours, India registered 27,176 cases, pushing the total Covid-19 cases so far in the country to 3,33,16,755.

However, the daily Covid tally in the country remained below 30,000 for the last four days, according to the Union Health Ministry's report on Wednesday.

A total of 25,404 new cases were registered on Tuesday, 27,254 on Monday and 28,591 on Sunday.

With 284 new fatalities registered in the last 24 hours, the country's total Covid death toll increased to 4,43 497. The fatality rate has remained at 1.33 per cent for the last few days.

The number of active cases has also declined by 11,120 and the current active cases are 3,51,087, which is 1.5 per cent of the total Covid infection reported in the country since early 2020.

In the same time span, a total of 38,012 Covid-infected patients have recovered, pushing the country's total recoveries to 3,25,22,171. The Covid recovery rate rose to 97.62 per cent on Wednesday, as per the Ministry's data.

The weekly positivity rate was reported at 2 per cent, which is less than 3 per cent for the last 82 days, while the daily positivity rate was 1.69 per cent, which remained below 3 per cent for the last 16 days.

India has so far tested a total of 54.60 crore (54,60,55,796) Covid samples, out of which, 16,10,829 were conducted in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Till date, the country has administered over 75.89 crore (75,89,12,277) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 61,15,690 jabs were given in the last 24 hours, the data showed.
 
 
India records 27,254 new COVID cases in past 24 hours
13-09-2021 12:20

India witnessed a slight dip in new Covid cases yet again as in the last 24 hours 27,254 fresh cases were registered, the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs said on Monday.

The country has been reporting a dip in new Covid cases for the past few days. A total of 28,591 new Covid cases were recorded on Sunday.

At the same time, the country reported 219 Covid related deaths in the last 24 hours, a sharp decline in comparison to Sunday's 338 fatalities.

With the number of deaths reported on Monday included, the country's overall Covid related deaths have risen to 4,42,874. The fatality rate was reported at 1.33 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry's report on Monday.

The number of active cases also reported to have declined by 10,652 and the current active cases are 3,74,269, which is 1.13 per cent of the total Covid infection reported in the country since early 2020.

In the last 24 hours, a total of 37,687 Covid-infected patients recovered, pushing the country's total recovery numbers to 3,24,47,032. As per the data, the Covid recovery rate rose to 97.55 per cent.

The weekly positivity rate was reported at 2.11 per cent, which is less than 3 per cent for the last 80 days, while there has been a slight increase in daily positivity rate, which reported at 2.26 per cent against Sunday's 1.87. However, the daily positivity rate has been below 3 per cent for the last 14 days.

India has so far, a total of 54.30 crore (54,18,05,829) Covid samples tested, out of which 12,08,247 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.

India has so far administered over 74.38 crore (74,38,37,643) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 53,38,945 doses were administered in the last 24 hours.
 
India logs 33,376 new COVID cases, 308 deaths in past 24 hours
11-09-2021 12:40

India logged 33,376 new Covid-19 cases and 308 fatalities in the last 24 hours, which increased the overall infection tally and death toll to 3,32,08,330 and 4,42,317, respectively, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's (MoHFW) latest data revealed on Saturday.

According to the data, currently, there are 3,91,516 active cases which constitute 1.8 per cent of the total infections, while the national recovery rate stands at 97.49 per cent with 3,23,74,497 people having recuperated from the disease till Saturday.

With 25,010 people testing positive for the virus and 177 deaths, Kerala remains the worst-affected state, followed by Maharashtra which recorded 4,154 new cases and 44 fatalities.

Meanwhile, 54,01,96,989 samples have been tested up to Friday with 15,92,135 samples being tested in the last 24 hours, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) tweeted.

On the vaccination front, nearly 73 crore vaccines have been administered across the country, the Ministry said on Friday.

Around 58 per cent of the country's adult population has received the first dose while close to 18 per cent have been fully inoculated.

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the Covid-19 situation and the progress of the vaccination drive in the country.

"In a few geographies, districts with high test positivity as well as the week-on-week test positivity rate in the country", the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a statement.

"It was discussed that across the world there are countries where the number of active Covid cases continues to remain high. In India too, the figures from states like Maharashtra and Kerala indicate that there can be no room for complacency," the statement added.

The Prime Minister also underscored the need to pace up the entire process to ensure increased oxygen availability, including oxygen concentrators, cylinders and PSA plants.

Meanwhile, experts are worried that the festive season can play a huge role in increasing infection cases and thereby cautioning masses against mass gathering, urging them to continue following Covid-19 guidelines.
 
 
India registers a 14% spike in daily COVID cases
09-09-2021 11:50

India witnessed a spike of 14 per cent in the daily new cases on Thursday as the country recorded 43,263 new infections in the last 24 hours.

This is the second consecutive day that the rise had been reported. On Wednesday, the daily Covid tally was 37,875 new infections.

With 338 Covid related deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll rose to 4,41,749, Health and Family Welfare Ministry's data said on Thursday.

India had reported 369 deaths on Wednesday. The fatality rate was reported at 1.33 per cent.

At the same time, in the last 24 hours, a total of 40,567 Covid-infected patients had recovered, pushing the country's total recovery numbers to 3,23,04,618. As per the data, the Covid recovery rate stood at 97.48 per cent.

The total active cases rose to 3,93,614, which is 1.19 per cent of the total Covid cases reported in the country.

While the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.43 per cent, which remained below the 3 per cent mark for the last 76 days, the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.38 per cent for the last 10 days.

Out of the total new cases reported on Thursday, 30,196 cases were reported in Kerala, 4,174 in Maharashtra, while 1,587 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu, according to the health ministry's report.

The report also said that a total of 53,68,17,243 samples for Covid-19 have been tested in the country, of which 18,17,639 were tested in the last 24 hours.

On the other hand, India has so far administered over 71 crore (71,65,97,428) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 86,51,701 doses were administered in the last 24 hours.
 
Kerala breathes easy as more samples of Nipah test negative
08-09-2021 11:10

Three days after the first Nipah case surfaced at Kozhikode, Kerala, when a 12-year-old boy succumbed to the deadly virus, on Wednesday 20 more samples that were sent for testing at the NIV laboratory, Pune turned negative.

State Health Minister Veena George on Wednesday told the media that one cannot completely claim things are fine, but the results give us cheer.

"According to the rules of Nipah spread, after the last case is reported, then one waits for 21 days and then for another 21 days, if there are no more fresh cases, then one can say Nipah spread has been contained, so we have to wait more and as such things are fine," said George.

The results of the 20 samples which were negative included five from those who had symptoms and 15 were those who had direct contact of the deceased.

On Tuesday, 10 samples also reported negative.

"Now we are awaiting the results of another 21 more samples, while 68 people are under observation at the Kozhikode Medical College hospital. So at the moment things are under control," said George.

State Forest Minister A.K. Saseendran said the department will cooperate with all to see samples are collected from bats and domestic animals from the present location, especially in and around the areas of the victim's house and for that a team of officials from NIV Bhopal is on the way.

Meanwhile, the locality of the deceased continues to be cordoned off as a matter of caution.
 
Daily COVID cases decline for second day as India vaccination nears 70 crore
07-09-2021 12:50

The decline in the daily Covid cases continued for the second consecutive day on Tuesday with 31,222 new cases registered in the last 24 hours, pushing the total cases to 33,058,843 in India as the vaccination numbers reached near 70 crores.

At the same time of 24 hours, India registered 290 deaths, taking the total Covid related deaths to 4,41,042. The mortality rate stands at 1.33 per cent, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family report on Tuesday.

A total of 42,942 Covid-infected patients recovered or were discharged in the last 24 hours taking the total recovery to 3,22,24,937. The Covid recovery rate was reported at 97.48 per cent.

At least 42,942 people have recovered in the last 24 hours. Weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.56 per cent, below the 3 per cent mark for the last 74 days, while the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.05 per cent for the last seven days.

A total of 53,31,89,348 samples for Covid-19 have been tested in the country so far, of which 15,26,056 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, according to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

At the same time, a total of 1,13,53,571 doses of Covid vaccines were administered in the last 24 hours, pushing the total vaccination in the country to 69,90,62,776, till Tuesday morning.

 
 
At 38,948, India sees slight decline in daily COVID cases
06-09-2021 11:30

After registering over 40,000 Covid cases daily in the past few days, India witnessed a slight decline with 38,948 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, pushing the total to 3,30,27,621, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.

At the same time, the country registered 219 new deaths due to Covid, taking the cumulative fatalities to 4,40,752. The mortality rate stands at 1.33 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry.

A total of 43,903 Covid infected patients recovered or discharged in the last 24 hours taking the the tally of Covid recovery to 3,21,81,995. The Covid recovery rate was reported at 97.44 per cent, according to the health ministry's report.

The active cases in the country stand at 4,04,874, which accounts for 1.23 per cent of the total cases.

As per the ministry's data, India's daily Covid positivity rate was reported to be at 2.76 per cent for the last one week, while the weekly positivity rate was at 2.58 per cent. It has remained below 3 per cent for the last 73 days.

A total of 53,14,68,867 Covid samples were tested so far in the country, of which 14,10,649 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, ministry's data said.

India has so far administered 68.75 crore doses of Covid vaccines, including 25,23,089 doses in the last 24 hours.

Kerala continued to witness a high number of cases with 26,701 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, till Sunday evening. Several of its districts recorded a high number of new cases. Kozhikode recorded the highest number of cases with 3,366 followed by Thrissur (3,214), Ernakulam (2,915), Malappuram (2,568), Palakkad (2,373), Kollam (2,368), Thiruvananthapuram (2,103), Kottayam (1,662), Alappuzha (1,655), Kannur (1,356), Idukki (1,001) and Pathanamthitta (947), the Kerala government's press release said on Sunday.

On Sunday, a 12-year-old boy was reported to have died of Nipah virus in Kerala.
 
At 45,352, India sees marginal decline in daily COVID cases
03-09-2021 10:50

India reported a marginal decline of 1,740 cases and logged 45,352 fresh Covid infections in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall country's tally to 32,903,289. The country also witnessed 366 deaths in the same time span, taking the death toll to 4,39,895, according to the health ministry's updated data on Friday.

On Thursday, India reported 47,029 new coronavirus cases and 509 deaths.

The active caseload has also reported a substantial growth of 10,195 and stands at 3,99,778. The active cases account for 1.22 per cent of the total cases in India.

At the same span of time, a total of 34,791 Covid patients were discharged, pushing the overall recoveries to 3,20,63,616. The recovery rate currently stands at 97.45 per cent.

According to the ministry's release, the weekly positivity rate is at 2.66 per cent, which is less than 3 per cent for the last 70 days. At the same time, the daily positivity rate is reported to be 2.72 per cent.

India's cumulative vaccination coverage has crossed the 67 crore landmark on Friday. With the administration of 74,84,333 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India's Covid-19 vaccination coverage figure stands at 67,09,59,968 as per the provisional reports of the Health Ministry. This has been achieved through 70,34,846 sessions.

The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. The last 24 hours saw a total of 16,66,334 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted 52,65,35,068 tests.

More than 65 crore vaccine doses have been provided to the States/UTs so far through the Government of India free of cost channel and through direct state procurement category. Further, more than 1.20 crore doses are in the pipeline. Around 4,36,81,760 balance and unutilized Covid vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered, said the Health Ministry data released Friday morning.

 
 
India's fresh COVID cases near 50,000, biggest surge in a month
02-09-2021 12:20

India reported 47,029 new coronavirus cases and 509 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this the country's overall caseload rose to 3.28 crore (3,28,57,937) and the death toll increased to 4.39 lakh (4,39,529).

The total number of active cases presently stands at 3.89 lakh (3,89,583).

Kerala contributed 32,803 cases or nearly 70 per cent of new cases and a third of deaths. The total number of those affected in the state by the viral infection now stands at 40,90,036. The test positivity rate was reported at 18.76 and with 173 deaths, the number of fatalities increased to 20,961, the Kerala government release said.

Meanwhile, India's cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 66 crore mark. Over 81 lakh doses of vaccines were administered in the last 24 hours.

India's recovery rate currently stands at 97.48 per cent. The total active case accounts for 1.19 per cent of the total caseload.

The weekly positivity rate stands at 2.62 per cent, which remained less than 3 per cent for the last 69 days, while the daily positivity rate has been reported at 2.80 per cent.

According to data shared by the health ministry, India has conducted a total of 52.48 crore tests so far.
 
India logs 41,965 COVID cases, inoculates 1.33 crore in a day
01-09-2021 11:20
 
India on Wednesday witnessed surge in new Covid cases with 41,965 fresh coronavirus infections were reported in the last 24 hours, against Tuesday's 30,941 cases. At the same time the country created a record in vaccination with 1.33 crore people inoculated in a single day.
 
With this, the total tally rose to 3,28,10,845, according to Union Health Ministry's data released on Wednesday.
 
Out of total fresh Covid infections reported on Tuesday, 19,622 of them were from Kerala alone, the highest among the states.
 
India also recorded more deaths against previous day. According to the Health Ministry, on Wednesday, India reported as many 460 deaths due to Covid, while on Tuesday 350 deaths were recorded. Now, the cumulative deaths due to Covid in the county has risen to 4,39,020 till Wednesday morning.
 
In the last 24 hours, the number of active cases in India were reported at 7,541 to stand at 3,78, 181.
 
The active caseload accounts for 1.15 per cent of the total cases, health ministry's data shows.
 
At the same time span, a total of 33,964 Covid patients were discharged, pushing the overall recoveries to 3,19,93,644. The recovery rate stands at 97.51 per cent.
 
The weekly positivity rate stands at 2.58 per cent, which remained less than 3 per cent for the last 68 days, while the daily positivity rate reported at 2.61 per cent.
 
According to data shared by the health ministry, a total of 16,06,785 Covid samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking cumulative tests to 52,31,84,293, till Tuesday.
 
Meanwhile, 1.33 crore doses of Covid vaccines were administered in India, the highest ever single-day vaccination, pushing the total vaccination in the country to 65.41 crore, Health Ministry's report said.
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