New Delhi: India saw a slight increase in Coronavirus cases from previous day tally as on Thursday morning the health ministry data showed 41,806 new cases – 7.7% higher than Wednesday’s count of 38,792 cases. With new infection cases the total tally of Covid-19 reached 3,09,87,880 since the outbreak of the pandemic in January last year. Whereas, India’s fatality toll rose to 4,11,989 as it recorded 581 more deaths in the last day.
The number of active cases in India stood at 4,32,041, while the count of recoveries reached 3,01,43,850.
Meanwhile, around 39,13,40,491 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in India, as of Thursday morning. On Wednesday, the Union health ministry expressed concern about the slow pace of vaccination by private inoculation centres in some states. It advised the states to review the progress of vaccine procurement by private centres on a daily basis.
Taking the cognisance of “blatant violation” of Covid-19 protocol in hill stations and markets, the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to the states to adopt measures to control large crowds. The Home Ministry also showed concern over an increase in the ‘R’ factor, or reproduction rate, of the coronavirus in some states and Union Territories.
The Indian Sars-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium, or INSACOG, a consortium of 10 laboratories that conducts genome sequencing of Covid-19 samples, said that sub-lineages of the Delta variant of the coronavirus – AY.1 and AY.2 – were unlikely to be more transmissible than the strain itself.
Globally, the coronavirus disease has infected over 18.83 crore people and killed over 40.57 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Indonesia is recording a huge increase in Covid-19 cases because of an outbreak of the ‘Delta’ variant. The country reported over 54,000 cases on Wednesday, according to reports.
“We’re already in our worst-case scenario,” senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan told the news agency. “If we’re talking about 60,000 (cases a day) or slightly more than that, we’re okay. We are hoping not for 100,000, but even if we get there, we are preparing for that.”