20,799 fresh covid-19 cases registered, a 9% decline from yesterday


Mumbai: Covid-19 cases showed a decline since yesterday, the country reporting 20,799 fresh Covid cases, a drop of around nine per cent from yesterday’s 22,842 cases. About 180 deaths were recorded during the period, according to the Health Ministry.

India’s active cases account for less than 0.78 per cent of total infections — lowest since March 2020. The active case count stands at 2,64,458, the lowest in 200 days.

Maharashtra reported 2,692 new positive cases and 41 deaths while 2,716 patients were discharged, according to the state health department. The new infections pushed the state’s COVID-19 tally to 65,59,349. At least 1,39,207 people have died due to the virus, it said, adding that the state is now left with 35,888 active cases.

The national Covid recovery rate was recorded at 97.89 per cent, highest since March 2020. At least 26,718 recoveries in the last 24 hours took the number of total recoveries to 3,31,21,247.

The daily positivity rate – number of positive cases identified per 100 – stands at 2.10 per cent, less than 3 per cent for the last 35 days. The weekly positivity rate stands at 1.63 per cent.

A total of 90.79 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. More than 59 crore doses were administered in the first 103 days of the inoculation drive launched on June 21, 2021. Children between 12 to 18 years of age will be vaccinated against COVID-19 very soon, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has said.

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,793,613 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019. The US is the worst-affected country with with 700,935 deaths from 43,658,032 cases, followed by Brazil 597,723 deaths (21,459,117 cases), India with 4,48,997 (3,38,34,702 cases), Mexico with 278,592 deaths (3,678,980 cases) and Russia with 209,918 deaths (7,586,536 cases).

From today, all British citizens arriving in India will face a mandatory 10-day quarantine irrespective of vaccination status, according to sources. The move is seen as a reciprocal measure over the UK’s hugely controversial similar rules for residents of several countries including India.

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