Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Fall; Over 1.2 Crore Vaccinated
Active cases of Covid-19 in India fell for the second straight day today amid fears of a second wave of infections.
Authorities reported 13,742 new cases in 24 hours according to the health ministry's update as of 8 a.m on Feb. 24. That’s lower than the 14,037 recoveries in the same period, taking active cases below 1.47 lakh.
These infections now account for 1.33% of the total Covid-19 cases confirmed by the authorities since the pandemic reached India in January 2020.
On Tuesday, the ministry reported 104 deaths with the total tally at over 1.56 lakh. This accounts for 1.42% of the more than 1.1 crore coronavirus cases detected in India.
Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,10,30,176
Active cases: 1,46,907
Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 13,742
One-day recoveries: 14,037
One-day deaths: 104
Some states including Maharashtra and Kerala have been advised by the Centre to increase the proportion of RT-PCR tests and regularly monitor mutant strains besides refocusing on strict surveillance and stringent containment in selected districts.
Maharashtra Chief Minister has warned of fresh lockdowns if people do not stick to wearing masks.
This comes at a time when over 1.2 crore people - mostly healthcare and other frontline workers - have bee vaccinated against the virus, according to the Health Ministry.
Globally, cases crossed 111.9 million leaving over 2.48 million dead.
Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, suggested the U.S. may soon issue guidance easing public health protocols for people who are fully vaccinated. And the U.S. might be looking at a surge in vaccine availability next month.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he’s “very optimistic” that England’s restrictions on social contact will end in June, and airline bookings have started to surge in Britain.
Thailand may waive quarantines for vaccinated visitors to help revive tourism. Italy is imposing a new hard lockdown in areas close to the country’s original coronavirus epicenter.
Delhi Likely To Ask People Coming From Five States To Show Negative Covid-19 Test Report: Officials
Amid a spike in coronavirus infections in some states, the Delhi government is likely to ask travellers from five states, including Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab, to show negative Covid-19 test report before entering the national capital, officials said on Wednesday.
They said an official order will be issued later in the day and it will be effective till March 15.
People travelling in flights, trains and buses from these states will have to produce negative test report before entering Delhi, they said.
The requirement of the negative Covid-19 test report is likely to be implemented from Friday night, officials said.
The issue had also been discussed in a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Monday.