India’s active Covid-19 cases climb to 155,986; tally over 11.06 million
India recorded more than 16,000 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for the second consecutive day with 16,577 infections, the Union ministry of health and family welfare's data showed on Friday morning. On Thursday, India had reported 16,738 fresh infections in the highest daily jump this month. The number of active cases has gone up further and now stands at 155,986. The tally of the coronavirus disease in India, which is the second worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic after the United States, is 11,063,491 and the death toll 156,825, data showed.
There were 12,179 discharges between Thursday and Friday morning and with that the recoveries from the viral disease have gone up to 10,750,680 and the national recovery rate is now at 97.17%.
According to the data at 8am, 13,472,643 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 so far. The government had started the countrywide vaccination drive on January 16 and began inoculating frontline workers on February 2. The government's second phase vaccination drive will begin from March 1 and people above 60 years of age and those above 45 and with existing diseases will be given the shot.
The health ministry said on Thursday that the surge in India's Covid-19 active cases was due to a rise in daily cases in states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. The Centre has deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir to ascertain reasons for the surge and coordinate with the state health departments in Covid-19 control and containment measures.
The Centre has also written to states and Union territories to focus on undertaking aggressive measures to break the chain of transmission. They have been asked to increase testing in a focussed manner in the affected districts with the appropriate split of RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests and to also ensure that all symptomatic negatives of antigen tests are compulsorily tested via RT-PCR tests.
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It has said that the patients of the coronavirus disease are to be isolated or hospitalised and all their close contacts are to be traced and tested as soon as possible. They have been advised to critically review the emerging situation on a regular basis with district officials.