India on Friday reported 9,216 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, below the 10,000-mark for the seventh day in the row.
A total of 391 deaths were reported across the nation taking the toll to 4,70,115, said the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Friday morning.
The recovery of 8,612 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 3,40,45,666. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.35 per cent, highest since March 2020.
India’s active caseload presently stands at 99,976. Active cases constitute 0.29 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, which is the lowest since March 2020.
Also in the same period, a total of 11,57,156 tests were conducted across the country. India has so far conducted over 64.46 crore cumulative tests.
Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate at 0.84 per cent has remained less than 1 per cent for the last 19 days now.
The daily positivity rate stands at 0.80 per cent, which has also remained below 2 per cent for the last 60 days and less than 3 per cent for 95 consecutive days now.
With the administration of 73,67,230 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid inoculation coverage has reached 125.75 crore as of Thursday morning.
This has been achieved through 1,30,65,773 sessions.
More than 22.05 crore balance and unutilized Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered, according to the health ministry as of Friday morning.
Lt Governor reviews Covid-19 situation across the UT
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today reviewed the Covid-19 situation across the UT in a series of meetings with the members of the Covid Task Force, DCs & SPs.
During the meetings, the Lt Governor reiterated the importance of Tele-consultation, expanding the services to far-flung areas and efficient monitoring of those in home isolation.
He also underlined the importance of involving the Community in awareness campaigns to sensitize people on mask usage and Covid protocol.
“We need to protect healthcare personnel, patients and communities, and accordingly our focus should remain on ramping up healthcare infrastructure, availability of oxygen, ventilators, essential medicines, etc”, the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor stressed that Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Covid Appropriate Behaviour and Vaccination will continue to be our strategy to effectively fight the Covid-19.
He impressed upon the officials to ensure proper implementation of Covid Protocol and CAB among the people to effectively break the chain of transmission.
The Lt Governor was briefed about the Covid containment measures at the district level including the functionality of War rooms, Covid help-lines, IEC campaign regarding Covid Appropriate Behaviour, distribution of Covid kits, besides facilities for extending assistance to people in need.
The chair also took stock of the vaccination drive for the 15-18 years age group and the precaution dose vaccination for healthcare & frontline workers and those over 60 years of age with co-morbidities.
Deputy Commissioners and other concerned officials were directed to widely publicize the COVID helpline numbers and other emergency contact numbers.
Sh Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department gave a detailed briefing on the district-wise analysis of the Covid-19 situation, the status of testing, contact tracing and vaccination across the UT, besides the status of bed occupancy in the designated hospitals.
It was informed that five districts – Kulgam, Shopian, Anantnag, Ganderbal and Poonch have completed the 100% coverage of 1st dose of vaccination in the 15-18 years age group, besides 70% of the total targeted population in the 15-18 years age group has been inoculated with the first dose across the UT.
The chair also took stock of the implementation of directions passed in previous meetings.
Sh Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lt Governor; Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Sh Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department; Sh Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Government, Public Works (R&B) Department; Sh Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; besides Senior officers of Civil and police administration attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode.
India logs over 2.35 lakh new COVID-19 cases, daily positivity rate down to 13.39 pc
India has reported 2,35,532 new COVID-19 cases and 871 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
As per government data, there was a decline in the daily positivity rate to 13.39 per cent from 15.88 per cent on Friday. The weekly positivity rate also dipped to 16.89 per cent from 17.47 per cent yesterday.
India’s active caseload currently stands at 20,04,333 while the active cases account for 4.91 per cent of total cases.
With 3,35,939 recoveries from the infection reported in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries mounted to 3,83,60,710. The recovery rate of the country has also improved to 93.89 per cent from 93.60 per cent on Friday.
In the last 24 hours, 17,59,434 tests were conducted, the ministry said.
The death toll is at 4,93,198 and the case fatality rate is 1.21 per cent.
In the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive across the country, 165.04 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far. Notably, India’s vaccination drive commenced on January 16, 2021.
48-hr-long weekend lockdown begins across J&K
In a bid to prevent the Covid-19 from spreading, the 64-hour-long weekend lockdown has begun across Jammu and Kashmir on Friday for the third straight week in the Union Territory.
The weekend lockdown was announced by the State Executive Committee (SEC) headed by the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir following the surge in the Covid-9 cases in Jammu and Kashmir from the past couple of weeks.
All the markets, business establishments and other non-essential services remained closed from the afternoon erewhile public traffic was also off the roads.
However, policemen at different places were seen implementing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as a number of persons who were found without face masks were fined. The commuters without face masks were also being fined, witnesses said.
The lockdown will continue till Monday morning.
Pertinently, Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, has 260 Micro Containment Zones as a number of cases were detected from these localities.
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