India on Monday reported a total of 796 new COVID-19 cases, taking the coronavirus tally to 4,30,36,132. According to Union Health Ministry, the country reported at least 19 Covid-related deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 5,21,691.
However, the number of active cases of infection has further declined to 11,058.
The active cases account for 0.03 per cent of the total caseload, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate remained at 98.76 per cent.
A reduction of 74 cases was recorded in the active caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.25 per cent and the weekly positivity rate was 0.23 per cent, according to the ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has gone up to 4,25,02,454, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.21 per cent.
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The decision to slash the prices of the precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, which is now available for all adults, was taken to make it more affordable, accessible and within reach of the masses, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Serum Institute of India (SII) Adar Poonawalla said on Tuesday.
In an exclusive interview with ANI, Poonawalla said, “After a discussion with government officials, we all concluded that we need to give boosters and make them affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. And for protection and travel purposes, we said let’s reduce the price. “
Sharing his vision of wanting everyone in the country to be able to receive a booster dose of the vaccine, the CEO of SII said that the price slash will “certainly make it more accessible to every person who wants to take it.”
Vaccine major Serum Institute of India (SII) has appealed to the government to reduce the gap between the second and booster dose to six months from nine months at present to safeguard people against emerging COVID variants, according to its CEO Adar Poonawalla.
Recalling that they could not meet the commitment of exporting vaccines in the first quarter of 2021 due to “so much noise from the public and the opposition”, Poonawalla on Tuesday also pitched for a global pact for vaccine utilization.
He noted that India and SII faced severe reputation damage when export of COVID vaccine was banned for nearly two months during the second COVID wave.
The number of students who have been detected with coronavirus in the Gandhinagar-based Gujarat National Law University over the last six days has touched 64 after nine more students tested positive, a health department official said on Tuesday.
All those infected are university students who met physically for the first time after offline classes resumed on April 4, Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation Medical Officer of Health Dr Kalpesh Goswami said.
None of them require hospitalization and all have been kept in isolation in the institute’s hostel, with three teams monitoring their health round the clock, Goswami said.
“So far, some 700 students and staff of the university have been screened for the virus, and 64 students have tested positive. After offline classes resumed, students arrived at the campus from their home states and the virus may have spread as they interacted with. each other, “the official explained.
Puducherry continued to maintain its COVID-free status for the 13th day in a row on Tuesday with no fresh cases, fatalities or active cases reported anywhere in the Union Territory, a senior health official said.
In a release, Director of Health G Sriramulu said 237 samples were tested during the last 24-hours ending 10 am and no fresh case of viral infection surfaced across all four regions of the UT – Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam.
The overall caseload remained at 1,65,774 and recoveries also stood at 1,63,812. No fresh fatality was reported and the overall death toll continued to be 1,962.
With the Covid positivity rate in Delhi jumping from 0.5 per cent to 2.70 per cent in a span of the last one week, doctors on Tuesday said it was “not a panic situation” as the daily cases count was still lower, but cautioned there was a need to be “vigilant” and that people should follow all safety norms and not let a sense of complacency set in.
The sudden rise in the positivity rate, the Monday’s figure being the highest in the last two months, has triggered a concern about a possible new wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the city.
The test positivity rate had stood at 2.87 per cent on February 5.
Three new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Thane, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 7,08,849, an official said on Tuesday.
These new cases were recorded on Monday, he said.
185.90 cr vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive
India’s Active caseload currently stands at 10,889
Active cases stand at 0.03%
Recovery Rate currently at 98.76%
946 recoveries in the last 24 hours increases Total Recoveries to
796 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours
Daily positivity rate (0.20%)
Weekly Positivity Rate (0.24%)
79.45 cr Total Tests conducted so far; 4,06,251 tests conducted in the last 24 hours
China on Monday reported fresh1,251 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.
Of the new local confirmed cases, 994 were reported in Shanghai, while 171 were reported in Jilin. Also, Hainan reported 21 cases, Guangdong reported 16, Jiangsu reported 14 and Zhejiang reported 11, Xinhua reported citing the commission’s report.