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Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the first in India to be ‘covid free’ | India News


NEW DELHI: The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have become the first state or Union territory in India to officially get rid of the Covid-19 infection, at least for now, with active cases dropping to zero on the islands .
The Health Ministry website reported Tuesday that the last four infected people on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands had been declared cured. The UT had reported a total of 4,932 cases and 62 deaths from the virus.
Meanwhile, Kerala’s share of India’s daily cases crossed 50% for the first time on Tuesday. There were 11,024 new cases in the country, of which Kerala alone reported 5,716, 51.8% of the total. The state also has the highest active case count at 69,157, out of about 1.61,000 in the country, according to data compiled by TOI from state governments.
The daily case count had fallen to a nine-month low of 8,584 on Monday. Cases drop dramatically every Monday due to decreased testing and a shortage of staff over the weekend. While new cases topped 11,000 again on Tuesday, a comparison with the same day last week shows that new infections continue to decline in the country. Last Tuesday (January 26), India had reported 12,738 new cases.
The daily death toll from the virus also rose from the number the day before to 112 on Tuesday. The death toll had fallen to less than 100 on Monday, again for the first time in nine months. Meanwhile, Delhi reported just two deaths on Tuesday, the lowest daily figure in at least nine months.
Maharashtra continued to report the highest number of deaths, adding 30 to the death toll on Tuesday. The state registered 1,927 new cases, the lowest in eight days. For the second day in a row, Mumbai reported fewer than 400 cases. Active cases in the state dropped to 41,586, of which 5,530 cases were in Mumbai.
In Kerala, the test positivity rate remains high at 10.8%, meaning that one in 10 tests conducted in the state had reported positive for the virus. The state also reported 16 more deaths from the virus on Tuesday.
However, the last week of January witnessed an 8.3% decrease in the number of Covid cases in Kerala compared to the previous weeks, the state health department said.

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