India Covid-19 cases: India now has 22,36,842 active coronavirus cases. (File)
India today recorded 2,55,874 new coronavirus cases, 16.39 per cent lower than Monday's figure of 3.06 lakh cases. During the same period, the country reported 614 virus-related deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 4,89,848.
At 22,36,842, active cases in India now comprise 5.62 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate marginally increased to 93.15 per cent.
Delhi also reported 5,760 new coronavirus cases on Monday. Meanwhile, the country has administered 162.92 crore vaccine doses so far.
Here are the Highlights on coronavirus cases in India:
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Punjab Imposes New Covid Curbs
Punjab has extended night curfew till February 1, an official order said. Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to enter Punjab. Gyms, restaurants, bar, and cinema halls will operate at 50% capacity, according to the new guidelines. Educational institutes will remain shut closed till February 1.
Bengal Logs 4,494 New Covid Cases, 36 Deaths
West Bengal on Tuesday registered 4,494 fresh Covid-19 cases, 52 less than the previous day's figure, pushing the tally to 19,74,285, the health department said in a bulletin.
The state also recorded 36 new fatalities due to the disease, which took the death count to 20,411.
The number of active cases slipped by 14,367 in a day to 80,168, the bulletin said.
India Yet To See Covid Peak Since Majority Lives In Villages: Experts
With India reporting 2,55,874 new COVID cases (50,190 less than yesterday), and 614 deaths in the last 24 hours, health experts cautioned that since most of the population lives in rural India, the country is yet to see the peak in the current wave.
Omicron, the latest Variant of Concern was first detected in South Africa. It is causing a milder disease but has 70 times more transmissibility leading to a high percentage of the percentage rate.
Padma Bhushan For Covaxin, Covishield Makers
Krishna Ella and Suchitra Ella of Bharat Biotech and Cyrus Poonawala of the Serum Institute of India have been honoured with the Padma Bhushan for their role in India's response to COVID-19 with the Covaxin and Covishield vaccines.
Delhi logs 6,028 COVID cases (57132 tests), 9,127 recoveries, and 31 deaths today
Active cases: 42,010
Death count: 25,681
Today's positivity rate: 10.55%
MUMBAI Covid Update
1,815 new cases
22,185 active patients
5.27% positivity rate
21,142 active patients
5.41% positivity rate
Kerala reported 55,475 new COVID cases, 30,226 recoveries, and 70 deaths in the last 24 hours
Active cases: 2,85,365
Death count: 52,141
"Time To Stay On Course": Germany Extends Covid Curbs As Omicron Spreads
Germany on Monday extended its current pandemic measures as the experts panel appointed by the government has warned the fast spreading Omicron coronavirus variant could bring critical infrastructure in Europe's biggest economy to a breaking point.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he had agreed with the heads of the federal states to extend restrictions such as limiting private gatherings to 10 ten people and requiring proof of booster vaccination or a negative test at restaurants.
"Now it's time to stay on course," said Mr Scholz after a meeting on Monday.
The government will reconsider relaxing or tightening the measures in case of a very steep rise or decline in infection numbers, Mr Scholz added.
Boris Johnson's 2020 Birthday Bash Defied Britain's Covid Curbs: Report
Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke lockdown rules by having a birthday party with up to 30 people present at Downing Street in 2020, a British television channel alleged Monday.
The latest claim comes as the prime minister fights for survival amid a growing scandal over lockdown parties at Downing Street attended by him and his staff, currently the subject of an investigation by a senior civil servant.
ITV reported that Johnson's then-fiance Carrie Symonds, who has since become the PM's wife, organised a surprise party for his 56th birthday on June 19, 2020 with up to 30 staff attending.
Gautam Gambhir, MP From East Delhi, Tests Positive For COVID-19
Lok Sabha member from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir today said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms.
"After experiencing mild symptoms, I tested positive for Covid today. Requesting everyone who came into my contact to get themselves tested," the cricketer-turned-politician tweeted.
Odisha recorded 5,891 fresh Covid cases, lowest daily spike in 2 weeks
Odisha recorded 5,891 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, 19 per cent less than the previous day, as the number of clinical tests registered a significant drop over the past two days, the health department said.
The tally in the coastal state climbed to 12,17,842, the department stated.
The death count mounted to 8,532 with seven more deaths in the past 24 hours.
The infections are the lowest in a fortnight. The state had reported 11,086 cases exactly a week ago. On Monday, it logged 7,291 new cases and five deaths.
Covid Cases In India: 2.55 Lakh New Covid Cases In India, Positivity Dips From 20.75% To 15.52%
Finally breaking a five-day streak of reporting over three lakh daily Covid cases, India today recorded 2,55,874 new coronavirus cases, 16.39 per cent lower than yesterday's 3.06 lakh cases.
The new Covid cases reported today took the total infection tally in India - the second worst-hit country after the US - to almost 3.98 crore, according to Union Health Ministry data.
The country also added 614 fresh fatalities in the past 24 hours, taking the Covid-related death count since the start of the pandemic to 4,90,462.
Bengal records 4,546 fresh COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, 37 more fatalities
West Bengal on Monday recorded 4,546 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 19,69,791, while 37 more fatalities raised the death count to 20,375, a health department bulletin said.
The state had on Sunday logged 6,980 fresh infections and 36 deaths due to the disease.
The positivity rate came down to 8.84 per cent from Sunday's 9.53 per cent, and the number of active cases currently has 94,535, down by 15,648 from the previous day's count.
School Closures Due To Covid Affected Over 600 Million Students Globally, Says UNICEF
More than 616 million students are still being affected by full or partial school closures, the UN children's agency said.
In many countries, in addition to depriving millions of children of the chance to acquire basic skills, these disruptions have affected students' mental health, put them at greater risk of abuse and prevented many from having access to "a regular source of nutrition," UNICEF added.
"Quite simply, we are looking at a nearly insurmountable scale of loss to children's schooling," said UNICEF Chief of Education Robert Jenkins in a statement, almost two years into the pandemic.