India reported 22,842 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, a slight decrease of six per cent from Saturday. At least 244 deaths were also recorded in the country due to the coronavirus, which took the death count to 4,48,817.
India’s active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total infections, currently at 0.80 per cent — lowest since March 2020. The active case count stands at 2,70,557, lowest in 199 days.
The national Covid recovery rate was recorded at 97.87 per cent, highest since March 2020. At least 25,930 recoveries in the last 24 hours took the number of total recoveries to 3,30,94,529.
Here are the LIVE updates on Coronavirus:
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Bengal Reports 701 New COVID-19 Cases, 10 Deaths
West Bengal’s Covid-19 death count rose to 18,825 after 10 more people succumbed to the disease on Sunday, a bulletin released by the state health department said. The tally went up to 15,71,240 with 701 more people testing positive for the infection, it said. In the last 24 hours, 684 patients recovered from the disease in the state taking the total number of cured people to 15,44,828. The number of active cases is 7,587.
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Karnataka Reports 664 New COVID-19 Cases, 8 Deaths
A total of 664 new COVID-19 cases, 711 recoveries and 8 fatalities were reported in Karnataka on Sunday. According to the state official data, the cumulative cases in the state have gone up to 29,77,889 including 12,301 active cases. Total 37,819 have succumbed to the coronavirus infection so far in the state, while the overall recoveries stand at 29,27,740.
As India has successfully administered 90 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses, Dr Navneet Wig, Chairperson of the Covid Task Force in AIIMS Delhi, on Saturday said that the war against Covid is still not easy as the pandemic can come back with a vengeance while asserting the need for the people to be cautious.
“We have to go far ahead of 100 crores and have to make everybody double vaccinated. So this is our aim and we are moving ahead, but we have to move faster and ensure that everybody gets the second dose as well,” Dr Wig told ANI.
“And that is how we are going to win this war. It is not an easy war still, we cannot be overconfident, we have to be a little underconfident so that we don’t lower our guard and take all precautions,” he added.
Children between 12 to 18 years of age will be vaccinated against COVID-19 very soon, said Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.
Speaking to ANI on Friday, Dr Guleria said the current priority is to vaccinate those who can have severe diseases.
“As we know that children mostly have mild diseases, so due to the limited supply of the vaccination, we are prioritising those people who can have severe disease,” he said.