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Coronavirus: India Reports 30,615 New Covid Cases And 514 Deaths In Last 24 Hrs

India reported 30,615 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the active cases in the country to 3,70,240. According to the Ministry of Health, the daily positivity rate in India has been recorded at 2.45 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 3.32 per cent.
A total of 75.42 crore tests have been conducted so far in India, with 12,51,677 tests held in the last 24 hours.

A total of 82,988 patients have recovered yesterday and the cumulative tally of recovered patients since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 4,18,43,446. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 97.94 per cent.

The death toll climbed to 5,09,872 with 514 fresh fatalities.

The union territory of Puducherry witnessed a further dip in number of daily coronavirus cases logging 53 infections in the last 24 hours on Wednesday. The union territory had logged 68 cases on Tuesday. The 53 new cases were identified at the end of the examination of 2,019 samples and were spread over Puducherry (35), Mahe (8), Karaikal (6) and Yanam (four). The total caseload rose to 1,65,416.

Arunachal Pradesh’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 64,110 on Wednesday after 44 more people tested positive for the infection. Of the 44 fresh cases, eight were registered from Namsai, seven from Changlang, six from the Capital Complex Region, four from Upper Siang and three each from West Kameng, Tawang and Longding district respectively.

Mizoram reported 1,616 fresh COVID cases and one death in the last 24 hours, informed the state Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) on Wednesday. The state also reported 11469 active COVID-19 cases.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said he has tested positive for coronavirus and has isolated himself.

For the first time since January 2, Mumbai recorded zero deaths on Tuesday. The daily caseload in the state capital increased to 235 from 192 cases recorded on Monday. “We can clearly see that the situation is getting better. It is a sigh of relief for us that the city didn’t have any deaths on Tuesday. Most of the latest deaths are among elderly patients with severe comorbidities,” said Suresh Kakani, additional commissioner, BMC

Assam became the first state in the country to withdraw all Covid-related curbs and restrictions on Tuesday. The state is going back to normalcy that prevailed before the Covid-19 pandemic struck the country. From 6 am on Tuesday all curbs related including night curfew and restrictions of socio-religious gatherings, educational institutions were lifted, PTI reported. As per an order issued by Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, wearing masks and social distancing in public places, as well as the practice of using hand sanitisers, will continue to prevail until further orders.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands recorded four new Covid-19 cases, pushing the tally in the union territory to 9,985, a health department official said on Wednesday. Eighteen more people recovered from Covid-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,753, he said.

The archipelago now has 103 active Covid-19 cases, the official said. The Covid-19 death toll remained at 129 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, he said.

Delhi on Tuesday reported 756 fresh Covid-19 cases and five deaths, while the positivity rate stood at 1.52 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.

With this, the national capital’s case count increased to 18,52,662 and the death toll climbed to 26,081, the latest health bulletin stated.

The number of Covid-19 tests conducted a day ago stood at 49,792, it said.

Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 2,831 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 351 Omicron infections, and 35 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 78,47,746 and the death toll to 1,43,451, the state health department said.

The state is now left with 30,547 active cases after 8,695 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, which raised the tally of overall recoveries to 76,69,772.

The cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country reached nearly 174 crores on Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry said.

More than 37 lakh (37,69,847) vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm on Tuesday.

So far, more than 1.79 crores (1,79,58,242) precaution doses have been given to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with co-morbidities.

The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night.

More about Omicron

The Omicron variant has been called a variant of concern by WHO based on studies that shows it has several mutations.
Still a lot of research is underway to evaluate its transmissibility, severity and reinfection risk.
The Omicron variant has been detected in several regions of the world. WHO reports that the likelihood of the Omicron variant spreading further globally is high. 
It is not currently known if the Omicron variant is more or less severe than other strains of COVID-19, including Delta. Studies are ongoing and this information will be updated as it becomes available. 
It is not yet clear whether Omicron can spread more easily from person to person compared to other variants, such as Delta. 
However, being vaccinated and taking precautions such as avoiding crowded spaces, keeping your distance from others and wearing a mask are critical in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we know these actions have been effective against other variants.  
Researchers are looking into any potential impact the Omicron variant has on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. Although information is still limited, WHO believes it is a reasonable assumption that the currently available vaccines offer some protection against severe disease and death.

It is also important to be vaccinated to protect against the other widely circulating variants, such as the Delta one. When it’s your turn, make sure to get vaccinated. If your vaccination involves two doses, it’s important to receive both in order to have the maximum protection. 
According to WHO, early evidence suggests that people who have previously had COVID-19 could be reinfected more easily with Omicron, in comparison to other variants of concern. Information is still limited though and we will share updates as it becomes available.
Source: UNICEF

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