India records nearly 19,000 fresh COVID cases, 39 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi: India registered a 30% increase in Covid cases in the last 24 hours with 18,819 new infections in a day. The country saw 39 deaths during this period.

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that the total number of active caseloads has crossed 1,04,555. So far, the total number of Covid-19 cases has reached 4,34,52,164 and the death toll has also gone up to 525116, the data said.

While Delhi has seen an active caseload of 4325, Maharashtra has 25735 cases, Haryana has registered 2655 cases while Kerala has currently registered over 28860 Covid cases. Tamil Nadu has 10033 active cases; So far 5707 active cases have been reported in Karnataka.

The increasing number of Kovid is increasing the positivity rate. The country’s daily positivity rate has reached 4.32% while the weekly positivity rate is 3.72%.

In the last 24 hours, more than 13,827 patients have been cured of Kovid-19. More than 4,28,22,493 people have recovered from covid since the onset of covid.

The country has so far conducted over 86.23 crore Covid tests while 4,52,430 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

So far, more than 197.61 crore vaccine doses have been given to people across the country under the Kovid vaccination campaign.

Meanwhile, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has directed the States/UTs to monitor the incoming international travelers as part of the Revised Surveillance Strategy in the context of COVID-19.

Under the revised surveillance plan, Bhushan has directed the states to follow a three-pronged genomics surveillance strategy. “The sequence will be for all international travelers arriving in India to test positive for COVID-19. This will include random screening of 2% of passengers on each incoming flight into India by RT-PCR and all positive samples sent for genomic sequencing. Passengers who test positive should be advised isolation and medically managed as per the prevailing guidelines.”

The revised surveillance guidelines also call for sewage/waste water monitoring which can provide early indications on a possible local surge of COVID.

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