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The national daily Covid case rise in the last 24 hours reflects increased testing, which finally touched 9.3 lakh after dropping to about 8 lakh over the weekend because of Diwali festivities. It pushed up the positivity rate to 4.1 per cent.
On Tuesday, the Health Ministry had warned that the country was yet to see the effects of laxity in following Covid-safe behaviour during the Diwali festivities and recently concluded state elections in Bihar and bypolls elsewhere. Effects will play out over the next week to 15 days, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.
To check coronavirus spread, many states, including Bihar, Maharashtra, Delhi and Jharkhand, have banned community celebration of Chhath festival on November 20.
Delhi, which is currently logging the highest one-day COVID-19 infections and deaths in India, saw its weekend case count double to 6,396 on Tuesday as the number of tests went up from 30,000 to 49,031. Testing in the city will be increased to 1 lakh to 1.2 lakh, the Health Ministry has said.
Kerala (5,792), West Bengal (3,654), Maharashtra (2,732) and Haryana (2,450), together with Delhi accounted for 54 per cent of all cases.
Almost 58 per cent one-day Covid deaths were also reported from the four states with highest daily infections and Punjab (30).
The number of active cases remained below 5 lakh for the eighth consecutive day. There are 4,46,805 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprises 5.01 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
In the last 24 hours, number of recoveries remained more than fresh cases as 44,739 people fought off the viral disease. With this, India's total number of COVID-19 recoveries crossed 83 lakh.
The United Nations has said it is releasing $100 million in aid for seven countries to avoid famine because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since the December outbreak in China's Wuhan, more than 5.4 crore coronavirus cases have been recorded around the world so far.
Though researchers are still working on a vaccine, there's been upbeat news this month from US drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna as well as Russia that showed their experimental vaccines were over 90% effective based on interim data from large, late-stage trials.