India records 18,732 new Covid-19 cases, daily death count drops to 279
India recorded 18,732 new cases of the coronavirus disease in the past 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health update on Sunday. The total number of cases now stands at 10,187,850.
The number of active cases dropped further to 2,78,690, after 2,977 new cases were reported in the same period. So far 97,61,538 patients have been cured or discharged from hospitals.
The country registered 279 new deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the update from the Ministry of Health.
An increase in recoveries coupled with fewer new cases has resulted in a steady decline in active Covid-19 cases and low mortality, according to the ministry. India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 95.78%, while all States / TUs have a recovery rate of more than 90%, he further stated.
The new daily recoveries registered in the country have been more than the daily cases registered during a month. A statement from the Health Ministry stated that India’s cumulative recoveries are the highest in the world.
Meanwhile, the Center’s national task force (NTF) said Saturday that five percent of positive cases from all states and territories in the union will be screened for whole genome sequencing (WGS) in light of the new Covid-19 virus strain detected in the UK.
The working group held a meeting to discuss testing, treatment and surveillance strategies for Covid-19 in light of the new strain of the virus and said that it is not necessary to change the existing treatment protocol due to the mutation.
Another piece of good news is that Dharavi from Mumbai has reported zero positive coronavirus cases on Friday for the first time since the pandemic hit the country earlier this year.
Dharavi once reported the highest cases of Covid-19 on a daily basis. An area of more than 2.1 square kilometers and a population of about 10,00,000 make Dharavi a densely populated area.