Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Fall After Three Days Of Rise
India's active coronavirus caseload fell after rising for three consecutive days, at a time when the government has already claimed success over the virus and has vaccinated more than 87 lakh people.
India added 9,121 new cases in 24 hours according to the health ministry's update as of 8 a.m on Feb. 16. That’s lower than the 11,805 recoveries in the same period, taking active cases lower to 1.36 lakh.
Authorities reported 81 deaths during the same time period, taking total fatalities to over 1.55 lakh. This accounts for 1.43% of the total 1.09 crore coronavirus cases detected in India.
At the same time, 87,20,822 beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far with over 4.3 lakh of these receiving their shots in the last 24 hours. India is currently focused on vaccinating its healthcare and frontline workers.
Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,09,25,710
Active cases: 1,36,872
Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 9,121
One-day recoveries: 11,805
One-day deaths: 81
The U.S. recorded the lowest daily number of new coronavirus infections since Oct. 25, before a holiday season surge sent case numbers soaring. The New York City subway system, meanwhile, is getting closer to resuming its 24-hour service on Feb. 22.
In Europe, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hoping to draw up plans to lift national pandemic restrictions on socialising, shopping sand traveling to work, including possible target dates for when the curbs will be eased. Germany, though, tightened its borders to halt more infectious variants spreading, prompting Austria’s government to warn against “excessive” steps.
Globally, total confirmed Covid-19 cases have topped 109 million with 2.4 million dead. More than 176 million have been given vaccination shots so far.