India’s new Covid-19 cases drop marginally; 37,975 new infections recorded in last 24 hours
Daily cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) registered a marginal fall on Tuesday, with 37,975 new infections being recorded in the last 24 hours, as against 44,059 in the previous spike, Union health ministry’s data showed. With this, the country’s overall caseload, the second-highest in the world after that of the United States, went up to 9,177,840 from 9,139,865 on Monday. The latest spike in Covid-19 cases is 13.8% lower than the previous rise.
India’s total recovered cases from Covid-19 reached 8,604,955 as 42,314 patients recovered in the last 24 hours. Its death toll reached 134,218 with 480 fresh fatalities between Monday and Tuesday morning. Active cases of Covid-19, meanwhile, continue to stay below the 450,000-mark and are currently at 438,667. Recovered cases, active cases and deaths contribute 93.76%, 4.78% and 1.46% of the country’s overall tally of coronavirus disease cases.
These latest numbers come on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to chair a virtual meet with representatives of eight states and Union territories (UTs) over the surge in Covid-19 cases in these regions. The Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kerala, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, as well as that in the Union territory of Delhi, will be discussed during the meeting. The Prime Minister is also expected to discuss the distribution plan of a potential Covid-19 vaccine.
Delhi, in particular, has been witnessing a massive surge in its Covid-19 cases in what has been described by many as the “third wave” of the pandemic in the national capital. A series of measures have been announced to contain the pandemic here, including a fine of Rs 2,000, instead of the earlier Rs 500 on those not wearing masks.
The Delhi government has also revised the previous limit of 200 guests at wedding ceremonies to just 50. However, for now, the government has ruled out a lockdown in the capital city.
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- Choudhury's comments came after the TMC had on Wednesday said the Congress and the Left should support Banerjee in her fight against the BJP, a suggestion rejected by the two parties.
- In view of high active caseload the state had sought more vials in the first stage but it was told that in the second stage more vials will be given. Once lauded for its Covid-19 management, now Kerala is the virus hotspot of the country.
- The two countries will also work together in the field of telecom security, submarine optical fibre cable system to islands of India.
- Nepal is looking to India to provide vaccines as grant assistance for the first phase of its vaccination programme, which requires 12 million doses to cover 20% of its population. Nepal also plans to buy millions of doses from foreign suppliers, including SII and Bharat Biotech.
- Chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami will participate in the vaccination drive tomorrow in Madurai where a sanitary worker of a hospital is expected to receive the first shot.
- The Bihar chief minister reassured that the state’s law and order situation is stable and promised a speedy trial.
- Tomar also attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi over her party’s stand on the laws. He said that both leaders should clarify if they were lying about these reforms in their election manifesto.