The Indian Express | 2 months ago | 23-03-2023 | 11:45 am
India on Wednesday logged 1,300 new Covid-19 cases — highest in 140 days —-taking the country’s active caseload to 7,605, according to the Union Health Ministry data. With this, the cumulative number of infections rose to 4,46,99, 418. Three persons succumbed to the virus, pushing the country’s toll to 5,30,816. The case fatality rate is 1.19 per cent.The daily positivity rate was pegged at 1.46 per cent, while the weekly positivity was recorded at 1.08 per cent. As many as 4,41,60,99 individuals have recovered from the illness, clocking a national recovery rate of 98.79 per cent.India has so far administered a total of 220.65 crore doses of Covid vaccine as per the ministry’s website. A total of 92.06 crore tests have been conducted including 89,078 in the last 24 hours.With a significant rise in the number of daily cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed officials to enhance whole genome sequencing of the Covid-19 virus to track newer variants and carry out effective monitoring of influenza-like illnesses and severe acute respiratory infections. He has also urged people to follow respiratory hygiene and Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. In instructions came at a high-level meeting to review the country’s Covid-19 and influenza situation, where the PM was informed that availability and prices of 20 main Covid drugs, 12 other drugs, 8 buffer drugs and 1 influenza drug are being monitored.Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 334 fresh Covid-19 cases, 54 more than a day before, and one fatality, the health department said in a bulletin. In Mumbai, 71 out of 1290 people who took the test were found to be positive. Hence, the test positivity rate stood at 5.5 per cent. There are 361 active cases in Mumbai. While 26 of the patients are in hospital, 10 among them are on oxygen support.With the new cases, the state’s Covid-19 tally rose to 81,40,479 and the death toll to 1,48,430.