India saw a single-day rise of 10,853 COVID-19 infections, which took the country’s total tally of cases to 3,43,55,536, while active cases have declined to 1,44,845, the lowest in 260 days, according to Union health ministry data updated on Sunday.
The death toll has climbed to 4,60,791 with 526 more fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 30 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 133 consecutive days now, the ministry said.
The active cases have declined to 1,44,845, comprising 0.42 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March last year, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.24 per cent, the highest since March last year, it said.
The data stated that a decrease of 2,105 cases has been recorded in active COVID-19 cases in a span of 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 1.18 per cent. It has been less than two per cent for the last 34 days.
The weekly positivity rate has been recorded at 1.28 per cent. It has been below two per cent for the last 44 days, according to the health ministry.
The number of people, who have recuperated from the disease, has increased to 3,37,49,900, while the case fatality rate has been recorded at 1.34 per cent, the data stated.
The cumulative doses administered so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 108.21 crore.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19 last year.
India crossed two crore cases on May 4 and three crore cases on June 23.
The 526 new fatalities include 467 from Kerala, 14 from West Bengal and 10 each from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, the ministry said.
It said 4,60,791 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,40,372 from Maharashtra, 38,107 from Karnataka, 36,214 from Tamil Nadu, 33,515 from Kerala, 25,091 from Delhi, 22,903 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,215 from West Bengal.
The health ministry said that more than 70 per cent of deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
J&K Reports 8 Covid-19 Deaths, 5606 New Cases
Jammu and Kashmir reported 5606 new COVID cases while eight persons succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday.
They said 1353 cases have been reported from Jammu Division and 4253 from Kashmir Valley, taking the overall tally to 414772.
Regarding the deaths, they said, four each was reported from the Jammu division and Kashmir Valley respectively. So far 4635 people have died due to the virus—2264 in the Jammu division and 2371 in Kashmir Valley.
On Tuesday, J&K reported the biggest-ever daily spike of 6570 cases since the pandemic started in 2020.
Giving district-wise details regarding the fresh infections, the officials told GNS that Srinagar reported 1305 cases, Baramulla 440, Budgam 803, Pulwama 134, Kupwara 380, Anantnag 528, Bandipora 66, Ganderbal 297, Kulgam 265, Shopian 35, Jammu 678, Udhampur 129, Rajouri 78, Doda 84, Kathua 38, Samba 84, Kishtwar 10, Poonch 49, Ramban 181 and Reasi 22.
There has been a surge in covid-19 cases in J&K since the start of the New Year. On January 1, J&K reported 169 cases, 165 cases on January 2, 178 on January 3, 199 on January 4, 418 on January 5, 349 on January 6, 542 on January 7, 655 on January 8, 687 on January 9, 706 on January 10, 1148, on January 11, 1695, on January 12, 1966, on January 13, 2456, on January 14, 3251 on January 15, 3499 on January 16, 2817, on January 17, 4651 on January 18 and 5818 on January 19 and 5992 on January 20, 5720 on January 21 and 6253 on January 22 and 5394 on January 24.
Besides, they said, 5005 Covid-19 patients recovered during the time—1592 from Jammu Division and 3413 from Kashmir. So far 362168 people have recovered, leaving active case tally at 47969—13569 in Jammu and 34400 in Kashmir.
They said there was no new confirmed case of mucormycosis (black fungus) reported today. So far 51 black fungus cases have been confirmed in J&K, the officials said.
They also informed that 16040 doses of the covid-19 vaccine were administered during the time in J&K.
60 die of COVID-19 in Jammu region in January
Omicron-led COVID-19 wave claimed a toll of sixty persons across the Jammu region in the month of January. Out of them, 35 deaths were reported from the Jammu district only.
However, the district saw a drop of 355 cases in the last 24 hours. As per the figures of infected cases released by the health department today, 849 cases were recorded in the Jammu district and they included 14 travellers.
Yesterday, the health department had recorded as many as 1204 positive cases and the number included 20 travellers.
Jammu district has not only recorded the maximum number of positive cases as compared to the rest of the districts in the region, it has topped the chart in case of deaths also with 35 fatalities in the last 25 days.
As per the officials, no COVID death had so far taken place in the Samba district.
Of total 60 deaths in the Jammu region, the official said, “35 died in Jammu district, 4 in Udhampur, 5 in Rajouri, 2 in Doda, 5 in Kathua, 1 in Kishtwar, 4 in Poonch, 2 in Ramban and 2 in Reasi district.”
“Majority of COVID infected persons had co-morbidity and they were suffering from severe illness or they were aged,” an official added while saying that the situation was being monitored by the authorities in a coordinated manner with the civil administration.
Today only, Jammu district recorded five deaths including one at DRDO Jammu and another resident of Nowshera (Rajouri) also died here, thus taking the toll to 6 in a single day. In all, the region reported seven deaths today.
An official said, “One person from Nowshera, a youth from Bishnah, another man from R S Pura, one person from Paloura and a resident of Gandhi Nagar were undergoing treatment at GMC Jammu’s COVID care ward.”
However, they could not survive the deadly infection, the official added.
The official said, “Of these, four infected persons from Gandhi Nagar, Nowshera, RS Pura and Paloura were fully vaccinated (had taken both the doses).”
A 26-year old youth from Bishnah was admitted to the GMC Jammu hospital after he suffered injuries in a road mishap.
“During his treatment, he tested positive for COVID-19. However, he could not survive. He died of COVID-19 infection today,” the official added.
Meanwhile, an 82-year old man also died of COVID-19 at DRDO Bhagwati Nagar (Jammu) after he developed severe complications.
“He was admitted to the DRDO Hospital on January 21 and since then, he had been on a ventilator,” said an official.
The official said that the deceased was a chain smoker and had problems related to hypertension. “His co-morbid conditions proved fatal for him,” he added.
Admin issues guidelines for foreign travellers testing COVID positive
In line with the protocols in other states, the foreign travellers arriving in J&K, who were mandatorily admitted at DRDO COVID19 Hospital in case they tested positive, can now isolate at home in case they are asymptomatic, according to the fresh instructions from Health and Medical Education Department of J&K Government.
Additional Chief Secretary J&K Government Health and Medical Education, Vivek Bhardwaj while speaking to the media said that travellers
with a history of the visit to a foreign country found positive upon arrival in J&K can isolate themselves at home if asymptomatic. “Only symptomatic travellers will be taken to DRDO Hospital,” he said. The ACS said the guidelines were being reviewed as per the updates issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
However, many travellers who have arrived in J&K in the past few days have flagged the inconsistency in the isolation and quarantine protocols here. A traveller while speaking to the media said that even though most of them are asymptomatic, those with a foreign travel history are admitted at DRDO COVID19 Hospital Khanmoh. “The travellers can isolate at home, the same way thousands of people are isolating at home in J&K at present,” he said.
The protocols that J&K was following were not in sync with the fresh guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 22 January, he said.
Another traveller, who was returning home from UAE said many of his co-travellers were positive. “They should be allowed to stay at home only if they have the requisite facilities available there instead of taking them to DRDO hospital,” he said. “They are anyway tested again after 8 days,” he said.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Haneef Balkhi, who is supervising Srinagar Airport arrivals and testing said the mandatory isolation of positive travellers at DRDO Hospital was as per the directions of the health department.
A senior health official told the media that the new protocols will be in place from Wednesday at the Airport. “Travellers, both local and overseas, who test positive but are asymptomatic need not be under institutional isolation but instead will now be allowed to be under home isolation,” he said.
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