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India Witnesses Surge In New Coronavirus Cases With 39,097 Fresh Infections, 546 Deaths



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New Delhi: India has witnessed a relative increase in the new COVID cases as 39,097 infections were reported on Saturday along with 35,087 recoveries, and 546 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry.

India had on Friday reported 35,342 new COVID-19 cases, 38,740 recoveries, and 483 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry.

Total cases: 3,13,32,159
Total recoveries: 3,05,03,166
Active cases: 4,08,977
Death toll: 4,20,016  
Total vaccination: 42,78,82,261

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Recovery Rate us at 97.35 per cent. Active cases constitute 1.31 per cent of total cases. The weekly positivity rate remains below 5 per cent, currently at 2.22 per cent. Daily positivity rate is at 2.40 per cent, less than 3 per cent for 33 consecutive days. Testing capacity ramped up with 45.45 crore tests total conducted, Health Ministry said.

India Witnesses Surge In New Coronavirus Cases With 39,097 Fresh Infections; 546 Deaths Reported

Maharashtra reported 6,753 new COVID-19 cases and 167 fresh fatalities on Friday, taking the infection tally to 62,51,810 and the death toll to 1,31,205, a health department official said.

The official said as many as 5,979 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, pushing the number of recovered cases to 60,22,485.

Maharashtra’s COVID-19 recovery rate is 96.33 per cent, while the fatality rate is 2.09 per cent, the official said.

The national capital reported 58 new Covid cases and one death in the last 24 hours, as per the daily health bulletin released by the Delhi government on Friday.

The national capital’s daily test positivity rate stood at 0.9 per cent, the bulletin said.

On a positive note, 69 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the national capital’s total number of recoveries to 14,10,164.

With one death getting reported on Friday, Delhi’s overall Covid death toll rose to 25,041.

A total of 67,817 Covid samples were tested in the last 24 hours, including 43,213 through RT-PCR and 24,601 through the Rapid Antigen method.

At present, Delhi has 573 active cases, of which 167 are under home isolation.
With the daily test positivity rate crossing 13 per cent on Friday as 17,518 people turning Covid positive from 1,28,489 samples tested in the past 24 hours, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said lockdown norms will have to be strengthened.

“The average TPR in the past three days has been 12.1 per cent and in 11 out of the 14 districts in the state, the TPR is above 10 per cent. Hence those local bodies (408) in A and B category (TPR up to 10 per cent), offices will have to work with 50 per cent capacity and those in C category (355 local bodies with TPR between 10 to 15 per cent), will have 25 per cent staff, and in D category places (271 local bodies with TPR above 15 per cent), only essential services will be operational,” he said.

He said all those government staff in these local bodies who are not working will be redeployed for Covid work.

There were 1,35,198 active cases on Friday as 11,067 people turned negative, taking the total cured in the state to 30,83,962.

A total of 132 Covid fresh deaths were reported, taking the death toll to 15,871.

Vijayan said with the third wave predicted, Kerala is on high alert and more emphasis will be given to contact tracing and vaccination.

“So far 1.24 crore people have been given one dose while 0.52 crore have got both the doses. We are sure that if there is adequate proper supply of vaccines by the Centre, then in a matter of three months we will be able to vaccinate 60 per cent of our people,” he said.


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