India has reported 4,205 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, which is the highest ever rise in the number of daily deaths in the country. After the daily cases dropped for two straight days, the country witnessed rise in cases again with 3,48,421 new cases. The total cases have reached 2,33,40,938.
Here are some-point on this big story:
-Nearly 30 lakh infections have been recorded by the country since May 5. India’s total death count passed the 2.5 lakh-mark this morning, the Health Ministry data showed. The fresh surge takes active caseload to 37,04,099; overall case count rose to 2.33 crore. The positivity rate stood at 17.56 per cent.
-In the last 24 hours, 19,83,804 samples were tested, highest in a day since the pandemic broke. As per the government data, 24,46,674 vaccine doses were administered in a new record since India began the world’s largest vaccine drive on January 16.
-Even as experts have stressed on stepping up vaccination drive to fight the surge in cases, states have been scrambling to arrange enough doses. Delhi and a bunch of southern Indian states are considering taking the global-tender route. Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Odisha have already chosen this option.
-Hit hard by the second wave, nearly 90 per cent of the country is witnessing a high Covid positivity rate, the government said on Tuesday, stressing that 640 districts out of the 734 are above the national threshold level of 5 per cent positivity rate.
-A variant of Covid-19 – B.1.617 – that has been linked to the explosion in cases in India has been found in 44 countries, the World Health Organization has said, days after labelling it as “a variant of concern”. The variant was first found in India in October.
-Shocking images have emerged from areas near the Uttar-Pradesh-Bihar border of bodies being tossed in Ganga river, leading to a blame game. Locals say ambulance drivers are throwing patients of Covid patients into the river.
-Mucormycosis, a serious but rare fungal infection now affecting coronavirus patients, has raised huge concern in Maharashtra, which has the country’s highest overall caseload. ” “There could be over 2,000 Mucormycosis patients in the state as of now and with more and more COVID-19 cases coming up, their number would increase for sure,” said Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday, news agency PTI reported.
-Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin has been recommended for next phase of trials by an expert panel for 2-18 age group, news agency PTI has reported, citing sources.
-WHO has warned against the use of ‘ivermectin’ – an orally-administered drug used to treat parasitic infections – for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Earlier this week, Goa approved use of ‘ivermectin’ as preventive treatment for all adults against the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.
-This is the second consecutive day when daily infections have dropped below the 3.5 lakh mark in India. Worldwide, 15.96 crore infections have been reported since the pandemic broke.