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18,166 new cases of corona virus in India, active infection lowest in 208 days

By PTI

New Delhi: India recorded 18,166 new coronavirus infections, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 3,39,53,475, while active cases come down to 2,30,971, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. Which is the lowest in 208 days. on Sunday.

The death toll rose to 4,50,589 with 214 fresh deaths, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily increase in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for 16 consecutive days.

The ministry said that active cases comprise 0.68 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 97.99 per cent, the highest since March 2020.

A decrease of 5,672 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in the 24-hour period.

12,83,212 tests were conducted on Saturday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far to 58,25,95,693 for detection of COVID-19 in the country.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.42 per cent.

It is less than three per cent for the last 41 days.

The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 1.57 per cent.

According to the ministry, it has been below three per cent for the last 107 days.

The number of people recovering from the disease rose to 3,32,71,915, while the death rate was recorded at 1.33 per cent.

The cumulative dose administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign has exceeded 94.70 crore.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September.

It crossed 60 lakhs on 28th September, 70 lakhs on 11th October, 80 lakhs on 29th October, 90 lakhs on 20th November and one crore on 19th December.

India crossed the grim milestone of 20 million on 4 May and 30 million on 23 June.

The 214 new people include 101 from Kerala and 44 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,50,589 deaths have occurred in the country so far, including 1,39,514 from Maharashtra, 37,875 from Karnataka, 35,768 from Tamil Nadu, 26,173 from Kerala, 25,088 from Delhi, 22,896 from Uttar Pradesh and 18,894 from West Bengal.

The ministry insisted that more than 70 per cent of the deaths were due to co-morbidities.

“Our data is being collated with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website. State wise distribution of data is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

The Union Health Ministry said that the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 94.62 crore on Saturday.

More than 60 lakh (60,66,412) doses of vaccine have been given till 7 pm on Saturday.

It said the daily vaccination numbers are expected to increase with the compilation of the final report for the day by late night.

The ministry underlined that the vaccination exercise is regularly reviewed and monitored as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from novel coronavirus infection.

The nationwide immunization drive was launched on 16 January with the first phase immunization of health workers (HCWs).

The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) began on February 2.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination began on March 1 for people above 60 years of age and 45 years and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

The country started vaccination for all people over the age of 45 from 1 April.

The government then decided to expand its vaccination campaign by allowing everyone over the age of 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday warned that containment of COVID-19 could be derailed if protocols are not followed and called upon 19 states to increase their vaccination pace so that India will receive 100 crore vaccine doses in the next few days. be able to obtain

India has given more than 94 crore Kovid vaccine doses so far.

Reviewing the progress of COVID-19 vaccination with Principal Secretaries and Mission Directors of National Health Missions of all major states, Mandaviya underlined that delivering 100 crore doses of COVID vaccine is an immediate milestone in India’s immunization journey.

According to a health ministry statement, Mandaviya said that if festivals, synonymous with auspiciousness, joy and large gatherings, are not celebrated as per the COVID protocol, the containment of COVID-19 may derail.

“The two-pronged solution is to strictly follow the COVID protocol and expedite the vaccination,” the minister said.

He cited the results of experiments in which the number of people who received the first dose was 96 percent of those who didn’t develop severe COVID-19 and further pointed out that the number rises to about 98 percent for those who didn’t. who have received both doses of the vaccine.

Officials from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal participated in the meeting.

The statement said that given that more than 80 million vaccine doses are physically available with the states, Mandaviya inquired about the specific barriers faced by them in speeding up vaccination and vaccine coverage among the target population. Of.

Many states are close to saturation of coverage in urban areas and are catering to the floating population in the city, it said.

Labor and time-intensive house-to-house vaccination is being carried out in geographically isolated areas where first dose coverage is near saturation.

According to the statement, the comparatively limited supply of Covaxin in the state of Uttar Pradesh and its short duration between dosages act as a barrier factor.

“In consultation with the states, the minister called upon each state to increase its target so that the administration of the last six crore doses is achieved to reach the 100 crore mark in the next few days,” the health ministry said.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged all state health administrators to be strict with adherence to COVID-appropriate behavior during the festival to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19.

He underlined the need to follow the detailed standard operating procedure issued through a ministry letter dated 21 September.

This included no mass gathering in areas with more than 5 percent positivity and in districts with more than 5 percent positivity.

In districts with a positivity rate of 5 per cent and less, advance permission and limited gatherings are allowed.

Relaxations and restrictions will be imposed on the basis of weekly case positivity.

States should closely monitor case trajectories in all districts daily to identify any early warning signs so that restrictions can be enforced and COVID-appropriate behavior can be followed accordingly.

All rituals like effigy burning, Durga Puja pandal, Dandiya, Garba and Chhath Puja should be symbolic.

The number of people participating in the meetings and processions should be regulated.

Places of worship should have separate entry and exit points, while common prayer mats, offering prasad, sprinkling of holy water should be avoided.

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