India COVID-19 Cases: Active cases comprise 0.18 per cent of the total infections.
India's COVID-19 case tally rose to 4,29,45,160 with 6,561 people testing positive for the infection in a day while active cases declined to 77,152, according to Union Health Ministry data on Thursday.
The total number of fatalities now stands at 5,14,388 with 142 more people succumbing to the disease, the data updated at 8 am stated.
It was for 25 consecutive days that India recorded less than one lakh daily COVID-19 cases.
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70% adults in Maharashtra fully vaccinated against COVID-19: Governor
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday said 70 per cent of the adult population in the state is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
There has not been any noticeable stress on Maharashtra's health infrastructure in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which started around the third week of December 2021, due to the state's "pro-active role in pre-planning and vaccination drive", Koshyari said in his address to the state legislature's joint session on the first day of the budget session.
India Covid vaccination: 178.02 crore vaccine doses administered
178.02 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nationwide vaccination drive. With 8.82 samples collected in the last 24 hours, the tally crossed 77 crore in the country.
Goa to resume economic activities with 100% capacity: Chief Minister Sawant
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that in view of the low COVID-19 positivity rate in the state, the expert committee has advised resuming economic activities with 100 per cent capacity.
CM Sawant said, "In view of less positivity rate #COVID19 cases, the expert committee has advised resuming economic activities with 100% capacity. The government will take the decision by tomorrow & will resume the activities including casinos."
India Covid Cases: Fourteen new cases take Arunachal's COVID tally to 64,453
Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday reported 14 new COVID-19 cases, two more than the previous day, with the tally rising to 64,453, a senior health department official said. The death toll remained at 296, as no new fatality due to the infection was recorded in the past 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.
Twenty-one people recuperated from the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries to 64,065 people, he said.
16 fresh Covid cases reported in a day in Ladakh
Ladakh reported 16 fresh Covid cases in a day which took the tally of infections in the Union Territory to 28,061 while the number of active cases has declined to 138, officials said on Thursday.
No death was reported in the Union Territory in the last 24 hours.
It has so far recorded 228 Covid-related deaths of which 168 were reported in Leh and 60 in Kargil, officials said.
The daily positivity rate in the country was 0.74 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.99 per cent.
China Could Ease Strict Zero-Covid Strategy, Top Expert Pivots
It is still too early for China to consider easing its stringent coronavirus restrictions, with the highly infectious Omicron strain still capable of causing large numbers of deaths, said Liang Wannian, head of an expert group on COVID-19 prevention.
Describing China's so-called 'dynamic clearance' strategy as a "magic weapon", Liang said in an interview with China's state broadcaster CCTV on Wednesday that "coexisting" with the virus was still not an option. He said Omicron was still significantly more deadly than influenza and capable of putting great strain on the country's medical resources. (read full story here
India Records 6,561 New Covid Cases
India on Wednesday reported a total of 6,561 new coronavirus cases, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,29,45,160, while the active cases dipped to 85,680, according to the Union Health Ministry data.