India reported 2,527 new COVID-19 cases today, taking the overall cases so far to 4,30,54,952. The active Coronavirus cases in the country currently stands at 15,079, according to the Union health ministry. 33 new Covid-related deaths increased the total death count to 5,22,149.
Delhi reported 1,094 fresh Covid cases yesterday with a positivity rate of 4.64 per cent. Two more people also died due to the infection yesterday, official data said on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government said yesterday that people must wear mask in public places and that those those found in violation of the rule will be fined Rs 500. Those travelling in private cars, however, do not need to wear mask.
Here are the Highlights on coronavirus cases in India:
Delhi on Saturday reported 1,094 fresh COVID-19 infections, highest since February 10, and two deaths due to the disease as the positivity rate rose to 4.82 per cent, according to the health department.
The national capital had recorded 1,104 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 2.09 per cent on February 10, while 12 people had succumbed to the infection.
Gujarat on Saturday reported eight COVID-19 cases, comprising seven in Ahmedabad city and one in Vadodara, increasing the state's tally to 12,24,233, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,943, a health department official said.
So far, 12,13,187 persons have been discharged, including three during the day, leaving the active caseload at 103, up from 98 a day earlier.
In a relief to Punjab's transporters whose business suffered due to Covid pandemic, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday allowed them to pay motor vehicle tax without any penalty in the next three months.
Mizoram reported 112 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 2,26,702, a health department official said today.
The state did not report any new COVID-19 death for the third consecutive day today and the count remained at 694, he said.
The fresh cases were detected out of 858 samples tested with a single-day positivity rate of 13 per cent.
Mizoram currently has 672 active COVID-19 cases, while 2,25,336 people have recovered from the disease so far, the official said.
The COVID-19 recovery rate is now 99.39 per cent and the death rate is 0.30 per cent.
On Friday the northeastern state had reported 91 new COVID-19 cases.
A total of 19.15 lakh samples have so far been tested for COVID-19.
Over 8.43 lakh people have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine till Thursday, according to the health department.
Delhi's R-value, which indicates the spread of COVID-19, was recorded at 2.1 this week, implying that every infected person is infecting two others in the national capital, according to an analysis by IIT-Madras.
Thane district of Maharashtra recorded 11 new coronavirus positive cases, which took its infection count to 7,08,953, an official said today.
These cases were reported on Friday, he said.
There were no deaths linked to the infection in the last 24 hours. The death count remained unchanged at 11,889.
The COVID-19 mortality rate of the district is 1.67 per cent, he added.
In neighbouring Palghar district, the caseload stood at 1,63,608, while the death count is 3,407, another official said.
2,527 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the last 24 hours.
Covid-related deaths reported in last 24 hours: 33 (Kerala added 31 backlog deaths)
187.46 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.
India's active caseload currently stands at 15,079.
Active Covid cases stand at 0.04%
COVID-19 recovery rate currently at 98.75%
1,656 recoveries in the last 24 hours increases the total recoveries to 4,25,17,724.
Daily positivity rate (0.56%)
Weekly positivity rate (0.50%)
83.42 crore total tests conducted so far; 4,55,179 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.
COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the US for the second year in a row in 2021, with death rates rising for most age groups, a government study showed on Friday. COVID-19 was the underlying or contributing cause of 460,513 deaths in the US last year, a nearly 20% jump compared to 2020, the study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed. (Reuters)