Covid Cases in India: According to new rules, people flying in from other countries will be quarantined for a week after landing in India and tested on the eighth day.
New Delhi: A week after crossing the 10,000-case mark, India reported 1,41,986 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, as the virus continued to spread at an unprecedented rate, driven mainly by the Omicron variant, which is now present in 27 states.
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Active cases account for 1.34 percent of all infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 97.30 percent. According to Health Ministry data noted this morning, there has been an increase of 1,00,806 cases in the active COVID-19 caseload in the last 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate was 9.28 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was 5.66 percent. According to the ministry, the total number of doses administered in the country as part of the nationwide vaccination drive has surpassed 150.06 crores.
The Omicron variant has become very powerful with cases that have been reported in 27 states of India, with Maharashtra having the most cases (876), followed by Delhi with 513 infections. With a single-day increase of 64 Omicron cases, India now has 3,007 cases of the new coronavirus variant. So far, 1,203 people have recovered or migrated from the total number of Omicron cases reported.
One of the worst-affected states by the Covid pandemic, Maharashtra, added 40,925 cases in 24 hours, a 13% increase from the previous day. Twenty-nine thousand of these were reported in Mumbai alone. According to state health minister Rajesh Tope, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will decide on a lockdown in Mumbai.
On Friday, Delhi’s daily Covid cases increased by 15% after 17,335 new cases were discovered in 24 hours. The city saw its highest single-day increase on Wednesday in nearly eight months, with 10,665 cases reported in 24 hours. During the same time period, nine people were killed in the nation’s capital.
Karnataka, in the south, saw a 68% increase in new cases, with 8,449 infections reported. Bengaluru, the state capital, alone accounted for 6,812 of the patients. The case positivity rate is now 4.15 percent.
According to the Health Ministry, as many as 285 people have died from Covid in the last 24 hours. This includes 189 deaths in Kerala in recent months, which were added based on pending appeals following the previous Supreme Court guidelines.
The country’s R naught value, which indicates the spread of the infection, is 2.69, up from 1.69 at the peak of the pandemic’s second wave. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), “the Omicron variant is the predominant circulating strain.”
People flying in from abroad will be subjected to home quarantine for a week after landing in India. According to new rules issued amid a massive Omicron-driven surge in Covid cases in the country, they will be tested on the 8th day. “at-risk” countries have risen to 19, with nine more added since December.
Covid cases have been on the peak since late last year as a result of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, which was discovered in Botswana and South Africa. According to an AFP count based on official figures, the total number of Covid-19 cases registered worldwide since the outbreak began surpassed 300 million on Friday.