India recorded 20,549 coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 286 related deaths in the final 24 hours which pushed the overall tally and death toll to 10,224,852 and 148,439, according to the Union health ministry’s dashboard on Wednesday. Today’s count is higher than that of the day before today by 25 per cent (4,117). Then again, the complete active cases have further dropped to 262,272 and the recovery rate is nearing 96 per cent with over 9.83 million people discharged/cured till now, according to health ministry update at 8 am.
For the past three months, India has been seeing a downward trend in its day by day coronavirus tally with an average of 22,000 cases added day by day in the week ending December 27. The current numbers are far less than that of September when almost 92,000 cases were being added in a span of 24 hours. Ten states and Union Territories (UTs) are contributing over 78 per cent of the new cases, the health ministry said adding that Kerala, Maharashtra and Chattisgarh added the most number of cases.
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Delhi continued to add less than 1,000 cases for the fifth consecutive day. On Tuesday, the national capital reported 703 cases and 28 deaths, according to the health branch’s bulletin. The fatality rate has dropped to 1.68 per cent and 42,026 rapid antigen tests were conducted in final 24 hours. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that Delhi used to be able to combat the new variant of Covid-19 which originated in the UK (UK).
“There have been three waves of Covid infections in Delhi. Over 8,000 cases were seen in a day in Delhi, which used to be the highest on the planet. But Delhi used to be in a position to keep an eye on it. We are able for any situation now,” said Kejriwal.
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Meantime, the health ministry on Wednesday said that the complete number of people that have tested positive for the United Kingdom variant has climbed to 20 and all have been placed under isolation. “The situation is under careful watch and steady advice is being given to the states for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to Insacog labs,” the ministry said in a remark. It added that near contacts and fellow passengers of the infected were being traced and placed under quarantine.
(With agency inputs)