This is the fourth day in a row that India’s daily tally has remained above 1 lakh.
According to data released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare, India reported 1,79,723 cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Monday, as the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly across the country (Mohfw). According to the updated data, the number of active cases has surpassed 700,000.
The Covid-19 pandemic is in its third wave in India, with the virus spreading across states and causing an increase in daily infections. This is the fourth day in a row that India’s daily tally has remained above 1 lakh.
The number of Omicron infections has also increased, reaching 4,033, with Maharashtra recording the highest number of infections (1,126). Rajasthan (529), Delhi (513), Karnataka (441), and Kerala (333) are the next states, according to the health ministry.
A total of 146 new deaths were reported by the ministry, bringing the total death toll to 483,936. After Monday’s new infections, the total number of cases is now 3,57,07,727.
According to the ministry, the daily positivity rate increased to 13.29 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was 7.92 percent.
According to ministry data, the national Covid-19 recovery rate fell to 96.98 percent. In the last 24 hours, 46,569 people have been rescued, bringing the total number of people rescued to 3,45,00,172.
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya will convene a meeting on Monday to assess the pandemic situation in five states and one Union territory (UT), according to news agency PTI.
The health ministers of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu will attend the meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a high-level meeting on Sunday to assess the Covid-19 situation across the country, instructing officials to expedite vaccinations.
Meanwhile, India started giving the Covid vaccine’s ‘precaution dose’ to frontline workers and senior citizens with comorbidities. According to the Center’s guidelines, eligible beneficiaries can walk-in to their nearest vaccination centre and receive the third dose.
The guidelines also state that the beneficiary must receive the same vaccine, with no mix-and-match allowed at this time. This means that those who received Covaxin as their first and second doses will receive the same vaccine as their ‘precautionary dose,’ while those who received Covishield will receive the same vaccine as their ‘precautionary dose.’