India logged 13,596 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest daily rise in the last eight months or 230 days, the Health Ministry’s data showed. 166 people have died of Covid in the last 24 hours.Dr Soumya Swaminathan, World Health Organisation (WHO) chief scientist, on Sunday said the WHO technical advisory group will meet on October 26 to consider approval for India’s homegrown Covaxin.
Across the country, 97.79 crore vaccine doses have been given so far as it chases the goal to fully vaccinate 108 crore adults by the end of this year.
The country’s active caseload (1,89,694) is .56 per cent of the overall cases logged since the start of the pandemic, the Health Ministry said in a statement this morning. The active caseload is also the lowest in 221 days.
The daily positivity rate, which refers to the number of people testing positive out of every 100 tests, stood at 1.37 per cent this morning – it has been less than 3 per cent for the last 49 days.
On Sunday, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, Mumbai recorded no deaths linked to Covid. “This is a great news for all of us in Mumbai,” Mumbai civic commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal told news agency PTI.
Uttarakhand has given the first shot of Covid vaccine to all adults, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said on Sunday. A total of 74 lakh people or 100 per cent of the eligible population across the state have been administered with the first dose of the vaccine.
Kerala is still recording the highest number of cases in the country. In the last 24 hours, 7,555 fresh cases were logged.
World Bank President David Malpass on Saturday congratulated India on a successful vaccination campaign. He praised India during his meeting with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Worldwide, over 24 crore cases have been logged; 48.98 lakh deaths have been registered.
The United States, which has the highest overall cases in the world, will allow fully vaccinated foreign tourists from next month.