India's daily Covid curve showed marginal improvement as the country reported 2,09,918 cases on Sunday -- 10 per cent lower than yesterday's 2.34 lakh cases -- taking the total infection tally to 4.13 crore. The active cases stand at 18,31,268, now comprising 4.43 per cent of total cases.
The daily positivity rate is up from 14.5 per cent to 15.77 per cent while the weekly positivity rate stands at 15.75 per cent. As many as 959 people have died of Covid during the past 24-hour period, according to the Health Ministry, higher in comparison to previous days as Kerala added 374 fatalities to its backlog.
In the ongoing Covid vaccination drive across the country, 166.03 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far. Over 75 per cent of the country's adult population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Here are the Highlights on coronavirus cases in India:
Assam logged 1,811 new COVID-19 positive cases on Monday, registering an increase in fresh infections after having been on a declining trend for the last four days, as the overall caseload climbed to 7,16,406, a National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said. The day's deaths decreased by one in a day to 19, it added. The day's positivity rate is 4.66 per cent, down from 6.95 per cent recorded on the previous day. The number of active cases in the state on Monday is 20,627. (PTI)
Maharashtra today reported 15,140 fresh coronavirus positive cases, 7,304 less than the day before, and 39 fatalities, including 26 in the Mumbai region, due to the infection, the state health department said. The new additions pushed the overall caseload to 77,21,109 and the death count to 1,42,611, it said. The state has 2,07,350 active cases. With 91 new Omicron cases being detected today in Maharashtra, the tally of such infections went up to 3,221, the department said. Out of these cases, 1,682 patients have recovered so far. (PTI)
Nineteen coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Haryana on Monday, while 3,563 fresh cases pushed the state's infection count to 9,49,532, according to a Health Department bulletin. So far, 10,305 people have died from the infection in the state. Gurugram district reported a maximum of 1,155 new cases while Faridabad, Hisar and Sonipat reported 219, 273 and 181 cases, respectively. (PTI)
Telangana reports 2,861 new Covid cases and three deaths in 24 hours.
Gujarat saw the lowest daily surge since January 10 with 6,679 fresh cases. But 35 deaths were recorded during the same period.
Himachal Pradesh recorded 1,471 fresh Covid cases and five more deaths in the last 24 hours.
Madhya Pradesh's overall caseload rose to 9,67,501 after 8,062 new cases were added in the last 24 hours; two deaths were recorded in the same period. The positivity rate, or cases detected per 100 tests, decreased to 10.8 per cent on Monday from 11.49 per cent a day earlier, news agency PTI reported.
Karnataka reported over 24,000 cases in the last 24 hours and more than 10,000 cases were reported from Bengaluru alone. The surge in cases in the southern state as well as its capital has been worrying this month.
Puducherry will be under Covid curbs in February too. The Secretary, in an order, said all social, entertainment-related gatherings would be prohibited. Restaurants, hotels, bars and liquor shops would operate with adherence to standard operating procedures, he said, news agency PTI reported.
The Delhi government has launched war rooms in the national capital with an aim to achieve 100 per cent vaccination amid the battle against COVID-19.
After reporting more than 50,000 fresh COVID-19 cases daily for the last few days, Kerala today reported 42,154 new infections which raised the caseload to 60,25,669. The state had reported 51,570 cases a day ago. Kerala today also reported 729 deaths which raised the total deaths in the state to 54,395, according to a government release. With 38,458 more people recovering from the virus since Sunday, the total recoveries reached 56,12,993. However, as the recoveries were less than the new COVID-19 cases, the active cases rose to 3,57,552, the release said. As many as 99,410 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. (PTI)
Tripura's daily Covid-19 cases dropped to 79 on Monday from 186 a day before, while the overall infection tally increased to 1,00,221, a health department official said. The state registered four fresh deaths taking the death count to 896. All schools, colleges and universities opened from Monday after a gap of one month in Tripura. Altogether 186 Covid positive cases were confirmed out of 4,945 samples on Sunday while the test positivity rate was 3.54 per cent. (PTI)
Active Covid-19 cases came down to 1,10,517 as Andhra Pradesh added 5,879 fresh infections against 11,384 recoveries in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday. The latest bulletin said nine infected persons also died due to the virus in the state in 24 hours. The cumulative Covid-19 cases in the state now touched 22,76,370, recoveries 21,51,238 and deaths 14,615, the bulletin said. The state had recorded 10,310 fresh cases yesterday, while active cases stood at 1,16,031. (PTI)
Secretary to Puducherry Government (Relief and Rehabilitation) Ashok Kumar on Monday announced the extension of Covid-19 restrictions till midnight of February 28. The Secretary, in an order, said that all social, entertainment-related gatherings would be prohibited. Restaurants, hotels, bars and liquor shops would operate with adherence to standard operating procedures, he said. But, the beach road, parks and public gardens would remain open, he said and asked people to wear masks and maintain social distancing. All religious places of worship would be open for public only up to 10 PM. Weddings are permitted in religious places with just 25 people and the number of guests in functions not more than 100. Funerals should not have more than 20 mourners, he said. The Secretary said petrol bunks, ATMs, water and electricity supply, dairy and milk supply booths are exempted from the restrictions. Cinemas, theatres, and multiplexes are permitted to function till 12.30 AM. (PTI)
Sikkim's COVID-19 caseload rose to 38,152 on Monday as 53 more people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, a health department bulletin said. The state had reported 127 new cases on Sunday. Sikkim's coronavirus death count remained unchanged at 429, as no fresh fatality was reported. The state now has 931 active cases, while 36,118 people recovered from the disease. Altogether 674 patients have migrated to other states. (PTI)
The West Bengal government has allowed schools to reopen for classes 8 to 12 from February 3 as the pandemic situation improved in the state. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said colleges, universities and polytechnic institutes will also reopen on that day. "We will decide on reopening primary schools later," she said. Mr Banerjee said that the COVID-19 situation in the state has improved a lot, because of which certain relaxations are being given. (PTI)
Legal action has been initiated against BJP MP and actor Ravi Kishan for violation of the model code of conduct and flouting COVID-19 norms during a campaign for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, police officials said.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday said that 'Made in India' COVID-19 vaccines are playing an important role in making the world free from the pandemic.
"COVID-19 vaccines being made in India are playing an important role in making the whole world free from the pandemic and saving the lives of crores of people," President Kovind in his address to the joint sitting of the Parliament at Central Hall on the first day of Budget session.
Lauding the efforts of the state governments, central government, administrations, healthcare workers, frontline workers to curb COVID-19, the President said that everyone worked as a team.
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The Centre on Monday said that it has provided over 164.59 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to states and UTs.
The Centre also said that more than 12.38 crore (12,38,35,511) balance and unutilized Covid vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs to be administered.
New York City will provide free antiviral pills, home-delivered, to people who test positive and are at higher risk from Covid-19, Mayor Eric Adams announced on Sunday.
"We want to make sure that no one with Covid has to move throughout the city," Adams said at a press briefing in the Bronx. "We want you to take advantage of this."
Both oral anti-viral medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -- paxlovid from Pfizer Inc. and molnupiravir from Merck & Co. -- will be available in limited quantities.
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