The latest data updated by the Union Health Ministry shows that India has recorded 2,68,833 fresh cases of Coronavirus in the past 24 hours. There were 402 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours making the death toll up to 4,85,752. The positivity rate has gone up to 16.66 percent from 14.7 percent on the previous day as per the reports.
1,22,684 people have also recovered in the nation in the last 24 hours, now the active cases are at 14,17,820. The number of people suffering from the Omicron variant of the virus is now 6041 in India.
Mumbai reported the highest number of infections with 11,317 cases but the positivity rate has dipped to 20 percent. The positivity rate previously recorded was 21.73 percent a day before. Maharashtra has recorded 43,211 cases overall and 19 fatalities were reported from the state. The national capital, in the past 24 hours, has reported 24,383 new cases of COVID-19. This is 4000 less than the previous day where the tally had crossed the 28,000 mark. Other cities like Bengaluru have reported 20,121, Chennai has reported 8,963, and Kolkata has recorded 6,867 cases as per the latest data by the Ministry.
The nation is grappling with the Coronavirus for two years now, amidst all the surge in the cases the government is planning to convene the Budget Session of the Parliament by the end of this month. Republic Day is also around the corner. It is expected to be attended by around 24,000 people also following the COVID-19 protocols.
Several restrictions have been imposed on the states by the governments in the wake of the rapid surge of cases like the government of Jammu and Kashmir has restricted the non-essential movements during weekends completely. Weekends and night curfews are put in place in most of the states including Delhi to prevent the spread of the virus.
Two new treatments got approval by the WHO yesterday against the COVID-19. The Indian government has also started the vaccination drive for children in the 15 to 18 years of age group. The frontline workers, healthcare workers, and the elderly with comorbidities will also be administered the booster shots. Although more than half of the nation has been fully vaccinated, the threat is still looming over our heads. Covid appropriate behavior is still mandated even if you are vaccinated. Regular sanitization and wearing of masks are required when you go out.