Second Covid Wave On "Downswing", Steady Decline In New Cases: Centre

The health ministry said there has been a steady decline in new COVID-19 cases in India for the last 20 days, with 24 states witnessing a dip in active cases since the last week.

A steady decline in weekly COVID-19 positivity rate has been seen. (File)

New Delhi:

A steady decline in new COVID-19 cases has been recorded in India for the last 20 days, with 24 states witnessing a dip in active cases since the last week, the Union health ministry said today.

It also noted that the country is on a downswing of the second wave of COVID-19.

"We are on a downswing of the second wave of COVID-19 and believe that it will be sustained even when restrictions are significantly relaxed," the ministry said.

"A steady decline in new COVID-19 cases has been recorded in India for the last 20 days. Twenty-four states have also reported decline in active COVID-19 cases since the last week," it said.

The ministry also said that while COVID-19 testing has increased manifold, a steady decline in weekly COVID-19 positivity rate has been seen since the last three weeks.

On possible adverse effects of taking the second dose of a different Covid vaccine, it said, "If second dose of a different Covid vaccine is taken, any significant adverse effect is unlikely, but we need more scrutiny and understanding in this regard."

The Centre also termed a recent report by the New York Times (NYT) on the estimated COVID-19 death count in India as "completely baseless and false".

"The NYT report is not backed by any evidence and based on distorted estimates," it added.

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