India reported 1,59,632 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 10.21 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.
With this, the COVID-19 tally has risen to 35,528,004 in the country.
According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,623 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported in India so far. The number of recovered patients from the variant rises to 1,409.
Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of Omicron cases (1009), followed by Delhi (513) and Karnataka (441).
The Ministry further informed that the active caseload in the country currently stands at 5,90,611 which accounts for 1.66 per cent of the country’s total number of cases.
The weekly positivity rate currently is at 6.77 per cent, while the daily positivity rate stands at 10.21 per cent.
As many as 40,863 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. The cumulative tally of COVID recovered patients now stands at 3,44,53,603. The recovery rate is at 96.98 per cent.
The country also reported 327 new deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,83,790.
India conducted 15,63,566 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours. The country has conducted 69,00,34,525 tests so far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data.
India has administered a total of 151.58 crore vaccine doses so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
The COVID vaccination drive began on January 16, 2021. 1,51,57,60.645 people have been vaccinated in the country so far. 89,28,316 doses were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.
5,720 new COVID cases, five fresh deaths in J&K
Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded a single-day spike of 5720 new COVID-19 cases- 3830 in Kashmir and 1890 in Jammu-even as four new deaths were reported in the Jammu division and one in Kashmir in the last 24 hours.
The case tally has risen to 3,84,381 while the death toll jumped to 4,591-2,350 in Kashmir and 2,241 in Jammu, officials said.
A total of 344908 patients have recovered from the disease so far including 1877 in the last 24 hours.
Active cases have surged to 34882-11602 in Jammu and 23280 in Kashmir.
Centre Issues New Guidelines for Foreign Travellers
Travellers arriving in India from any country who will test positive for COVID-19 shall be treated/isolated as per the laid down standard protocol and will not mandatorily be managed at an isolation facility, authorities have said.
According to the revised Guidelines for International Arrivals’ released on Thursday, the new norm will apply from January 22 till further order.
The rest of the provisions have remained the same in the revised guidelines.
The existing guidelines state that travellers coming from any country including those considered at-risk shall be managed at an isolation facility and treated as per laid down standard protocol.
The revised guidelines removed the clause that mandated staying at an isolation facility upon arrival.
Passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility as per health protocol.
If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per protocol.
Foreign arrivals who test positive will still have to undergo home quarantine for seven days even after they test negative and undertake RT-PCR test on the 8th day of arrival in India.
Active cases in J&K see meteoric rise of 2100%
Driven by the Omicron variant, the number of active positive COVID cases in Jammu and Kashmir has recorded a meteoric rise of 2100 per cent in the last 20 days.
As per the official data, Jammu and Kashmir haو 31044 active positive cases currently. The number of active positive cases at the beginning of the month was a mere 1397.
Implying that in just 20 days, the number of active cases has increased by 29,647, which means a 2100 per cent increase in active cases since the beginning of January.
Active cases are the number of confirmed cases minus the number of recovered cases and deaths. It is the number of cases still considered to be infectious.
Srinagar has the highest number of active cases; Srinagar has 7367 active cases, followed by Jammu district where 6675 active cases have been reported. Baramulla has 4619 active cases, Budgam 2753, Pulwama 690, Kupwara 877, Anantnag 1559, Bandipora 942, Ganderbal 629, Kulgam 961, Shopian 112.
In Jammu division, Udhampur 1033, Rajouri 429, Doda 317, Kathua 575, Samba 557, Kishtwar 114, Poonch 308, Ramban 170, Reasi 357.
So far 343031 people have recovered, leaving active case tally at 31044—10535 in Jammu and 20509 in Kashmir.
As per doctors, the rise in active cases means an increase in hospitalisation rate which burdens the healthcare sector.
“Since August last year, the number of active cases was below 2000 which meant very few COVID patients required hospitalisation, but now there is a spurt in cases which is not a good sign,” said a senior health department official.
Doctors have been cautioning people to take this virus seriously and follow all COVID-related protocols.
Senior Critical Care Expert, Dr Showkat Shah said “there is a wrong notion that Omicron causes less severe COVID infection. That makes us less responsible to adopt Covid Appropriate Behavior because it has been a month-old virus only. We know very little about it, it can be more dangerous in the future as it can cause new mutant and more virulent viruses because of its rapid transmissibility.”
“Second worrying point is that it has been seen that Omicron is not responding to antibody cocktail treatment. The most effective steps individuals can take to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus is to keep a physical distance of at least 1 meter from others, wear a well-fitting double mask, open windows to improve ventilation, avoid poorly ventilated or crowded spaces, keep hands clean, cough or sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue, Get vaccinated when it’s their turn and importantly avoid unnecessary frequent visits of attendants to the hospitals,” Dr Shah said.
He said that with an increase in cases there are more chances of lockdowns which have hurt our economy badly. “In order to prevent lockdowns we need to be more cautious and ensure proper adherence of COVID protocols in order to keep the virus at bay.”
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