India Records Fewer than 50,000 Daily Covid-19 Cases for Sixth Consecutive Day, Active Cases Below 4.9 Lakh
India’s daily cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) remained below 50,000 for the sixth consecutive day on Friday with 44,879 cases and 547 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. According to the latest figures released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the nation’s infection count has reached 8,728,795, yet the number of active cases remained below 4.9 lakh.
The decline in active cases and the steady increase in the number of recoveries from the disease continue to unite the hopes of citizens. Up to 8,115,580 people have recovered from the viral infection, either in Covid-19 designated hospitals or in home isolation.
Earlier in the day, the Health Ministry attributed the high levels of testing in the states to declining coronavirus cases. “High-level and comprehensive TESTING is critical to the strategy to slow down the chain of transmission,” the ministry wrote on Twitter.
He added that out of very few tests conducted in January, India has now climbed to a total test peak of more than 12 crore in November. According to a graph shared along with the tweet, an average of 11,03,398 daily tests for coronavirus disease were performed in the country in the last six weeks.
“With a daily testing capacity of 15 liters, more than 11 liters were conducted on average every day for the past 6 weeks,” the Union ministry tweeted, adding that these comprehensive tests lead to early identification, isolation fast, timely hospitalization and effective treatment of Covid-19 patients. These eventually result in a decrease in the positivity rate and a low mortality rate, he said.
As several vaccines are at different levels of trials in the country, the Pune-based Serum Institute of India announced on Thursday that it has completed registration for phase 3 clinical trials for its candidate Covishield, adding that the trials of the Oxford vaccine have shown promise. results, which “so far give confidence that Covishield could be a realistic solution to the deadly pandemic.”
Meanwhile, confirmed Covid-19 cases have risen to 52,678,681 while 1,292,228 have died from the disease. The United States continues to report the peak number of cases at 10,543,486, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.