With 4205 deaths, India reports highest single-day toll; 3,48000 fresh cases

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 13, 2021

Districts that are showing a continued decline in cases since last two weeks include Pune, Nagpur, Palghar, and Nashik districts of Maharashtra; Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar (Uttar Pradesh); Bhopal, Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh); Surat (Gujarat); Patna (Bihar); Ranchi (Jharkhand); Raipur, Durg (Chhattisgarh); and Kota (Rajasthan).

Maharashtra and Mumbai also reported their lowest single-day case counts since March.

India's cumulative recoveries have surged to 1,90,27,304 with 3,56,082 recoveries being registered in a span of 24 hours.

An additional 113 people have tested positive for Covid-19 following tests on 2,082 individuals.

As the number of COVID-19 cases in India continue to soar, doctors in the country are now facing another new problem after members of the public were discovered to be applying cow dung all over their bodies as a mean to ward off COVID-19. It has fallen by 30,000.

The World Health Organisation said yesterday that it regarded the coronavirus variant first identified in India past year as a variant of global concern, with some preliminary studies showing that it spreads more easily. The country has recorded over 22.7 million Covid-19 cases and over 246 000 deaths.

India's second wave of the pandemic has increased calls for a nationwide lockdown and prompted more and more states to impose tougher restrictions that have hurt businesses and the wider economy.

WHO's technical lead for Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, said during a press briefing on Monday that the organization is reclassifying the Covid variant spreading in India as a "variant of concern", indicating that it's become a global health threat.

On Tuesday, authorities warned that almost 90 per cent of districts in the country are seeing a high positivity rate, sparking fears the virus is spreading fast into rural areas.

India needs to bring down the positivity rate to less than five per cent.

The governments of Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Tuesday joined several other states which have made a decision to issue global tenders for procurement of COVID vaccines as the domestic supply fails to keep up with the rising demand amid the fierce second wave of the pandemic.

Rural parts of India are also running short of wood for traditional Hindu cremations and scores of bodies are washing up on the banks of the Ganges river which flows through the most populous areas of the northern plains.

Two people from Gauteng and another two from KwaZulu-Natal, all with the B.1.617.2 strain, all had a history of recent arrivals from India. The vaccinations were on a high in April. The school is located near the Indian headquarters of Zydus Cadila, an Indian multinational pharmaceutical company that is developing its own COVID-19 vaccine.

Across 18,542 sessions, 10,75,948 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 14,27,808 people received their second dose of vaccine, it said.

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