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Covid-19: India’s Daily Cases and Deaths Hit Lowest in Half a Year

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The daily death rate due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India has fallen to the lowest level in over 200 days, or since the beginning of June, while the rate of new infections is the lowest since the beginning. July, shows the analyzed data. by HT.

These statistics indicate a slowdown in the outbreak in the country, and come at a time when states have stepped up their efforts to track whether a new variant of the UK’s most transmissible virus has reached Indian shores.

In the last week, India has reported, on average, 299 new deaths from Covid-19 per day and 21,785 new infections per day. The last time India’s daily death rate was below this mark was June 9, or 201 days ago, while the last time the case rate was this low was July 6, or ago. 173 days, according to HT’s Covid-19 panel.

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India’s infection rate peaked in mid-September, with an average of seven days of daily cases touching 93,617. This means that currently the case rate has dropped more than 76% from the peak level.

This drop in spread becomes particularly evident when viewed with new cases and deaths reported on Saturday: 18,595 new cases and 284 new deaths were reported. On Sunday, 20,346 new cases were reported in the country, while 276 new deaths were recorded, according to HT’s Covid-19 dashboard.

While the figures for the past two days can be attributed to lower than usual test levels due to the Christmas holidays and the weekend, the broader trend cannot be explained by a drop in testing. India is conducting more than four times the number of tests daily than in the first week of July, when cases were so low previously: last week, more than 986,352 samples were tested for Covid-19 on average in the country. while this was 228,920 tests per day for the week ending July 6.

Covid-19: India's Daily Cases and Deaths Hit Lowest in Half a Year

Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered new infections over the past month, data shows. The last time daily cases were more than daily recoveries was on November 27. On Sunday, 21,117 patients recovered across the country. The total number of cases in India on Sunday stood at 10,208,712, the death toll at 147,953, while 9,781,856 people have so far recovered, according to the data.

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“The exponential increase in recoveries coupled with the reduction in daily new cases has resulted in a steady decline in active cases and low mortality … India’s cumulative recoveries are the highest in the world. Increasing recoveries have also improved the recovery rate to 95.8%, ”the Union Health Ministry said in a statement Sunday.

Meanwhile, states across the country are tracking travelers from the UK who have entered India in recent weeks for Covid-19 testing and genome sequencing to determine if anyone has been infected with the new one. viral strain believed to be most infectious.

India has imposed a temporary suspension of flights to and from the UK from December 23 to December 31 following the detection of the new strain of the virus.

The government has launched a massive exercise to track all UK passengers who have arrived in India in the last four weeks. All passenger samples arriving in India from the UK that test positive are retested via a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test based on spike genes during last week to search for the new variant of the virus, according to the Union health ministry. Separate isolation facilities have been set up for those who test positive after returning from the UK.

While a combined official figure for the number of UK passengers testing positive was not released as of Sunday evening, several states have identified such infections and reported numbers – 21 people who recently returned from the UK tested positive. In Delhi, 18 infections were detected among UK returnees in Telangana, 16 in Maharashtra, 13 in Tamil Nadu, four in Andhra Pradesh and three in Karnataka, according to data released by the respective state governments.

On Saturday, the Union Ministry of Health said that at least 50 samples were undergoing genome sequencing to verify the new variant in various laboratories across the country; none have tested positive so far.

“As part of the strategy that has been put in place to detect and contain the mutant variant detected in the UK, five percent of Covid-19 positive cases from all states and UT will be analyzed for whole genome sequencing ( WGS), ”the Health Ministry said on Saturday after a meeting of the National Working Group (NTF) on the issue.

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