India’s COVID-19 tally over 11.07 million
On Saturday morning, India reported 16,488 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 113 related deaths in the last 24 hours. The cases were marginally lower than Friday.
According to the data of Union ministry of health and family welfare, India’s tally stands at 11,079,979 and the death toll to 156,938. On Friday morning, there were 16,577 Covid-19 cases. 120 people died across the country. The active cases have increased to 159,590.
In between Friday and Saturday morning 12,771 patients of the coronavirus disease recovered from the disease. Data showed that the recovery tally of the country has gone up to over 10.76 million and the national recovery rate is 97.14%.
Government has vaccinated 14,242,547 people under the country’s vaccination drive. The first phase of the drive started on January 16.
Maharashtra has been reporting the highest number of Covid-19 cases. The local administration has announced a seven day lockdown in Amravati city. In other districts like Akola, Yavatmal and Washim, the administration has restricted shop and establishment timings. A night curfew has been imposed in Marathwada districts like Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded, Latur. Travellers coming from the affected districts have also been restricted.
The surge in the cases of the COVID-19 prompted the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) to extend the existing Covid-19 guidelines to March 31. The states have been asked to increase the pace of their vaccination drives.
MHA said in a statement, “While there has been a substantial decline in the active and new COVID-19 cases, there is a need to maintain surveillance, containment, and caution so as to fully overcome the pandemic. States/Union Territories have also been advised to speed up the vaccination of the target population so as to break the chain of transmission and overcome the pandemic.”
The ministry has advised the states and Union territories to follow strict containment measures within the containment zones. It also said that all the states and Union territories should have focused approach on surveillance, containment, and strict observance of the guidelines/SOPs needs to be enforced strictly.