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Covid-19: India reports 42,766 new active cases, 1,206 fatalities

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Covid-19: India reports 42,766 new active cases, 1,206 fatalities

New Delhi: With 42,766 new active cases, India’s single day Covid-19 tally sees a slight dip in Coronavirus infection on Saturday in respect to previous day case record, as per data released by the Union Health Ministry. While, 1,206 deaths were reported in the 24 hours ending 8 am on Saturday. With this, the country’s overall Covid-19 caseload rose to over 3.07 crore (3,07,95,716), while the national death toll climbed to 4.07 lakh (4,07,145).

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Kerala continues to be the topmost contributor, reporting 13,563 cases on Friday. Maharashtra detected 8.992 new infections.

With 45,254 patients recovering from the illness yesterday, the total number of recoveries in India has risen to over 2.99 crore (2,99,33,538). The national recovery rate stands at 97.20 per cent.

Active cases, meanwhile, have dropped to 4.55 lakh (4,55,033). The active cases comprise 1.48 per cent of the total infections, as per latest Health Ministry data.

Presently, Kerala is reporting the highest number of active cases in the country. Its active case count has surpassed that of Maharashtra, which was previously reporting record numbers. Kerala and Maharashtra are also recording the highest number of daily Covid-related deaths, with the two states recording 130 and 747, respectively, since yesterday.

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Meanwhile, with daily case detections still above 40,000 and reports and pictures of blatant violations of social distancing norms coming from tourist spots, the head of India’s pandemic task force Dr V K Paul has again warned that the second wave of Covid-19 is not over yet, and that cases can explode if people continue to behave recklessly.

As many as 19,55,225 samples were tested for Covid-19 on Friday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of the infection in the country to well over 42.90 crore. Meanwhile, the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.19 per cent.

Over 1.73 crore unused Covid-19 vaccines still remain with states, Union Territories and private hospitals, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. Of the 38.54 crore vaccine doses that have been given to states and UTs so far through all sources, a total of 36,80,68,124 doses have been utilised.

“More than 1.73 cr (1,73,33,026) balance and unutilised COVID vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs and private hospitals to be administered,” the Health Ministry said.

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