Coronavirus India Live Updates: An early trend of decline in daily new COVID-19 cases and deaths has been noted in the country, the government said on Tuesday, indicating that the devastating second wave of the pandemic is on the wane. According to the government, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Chhattisgarh were among 18 states and union territories showing continued plateauing or decrease in daily new COVID-19 cases.
Delhi’s positivity rate dipped to 17.76 per cent Tuesday as the national capital recorded 12,481 fresh Covid-19 cases and 347 fatalities in the last 24 hours. As many as 13,583 people have recovered from the infection in the same period. The number of positive cases has come down as the capital entered the fourth week of lockdown on Monday.
India recorded 3,29,942 fresh Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday. The country’s total infections stand at over 2.29 crore. Out of these, over 37.15 lakh cases are active while 1.90 crore people have recovered after testing positive. Active cases have declined for the first time in 2 months. With 3,876 new deaths, the toll is now at over 2.49 lakh.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday suggested that the Centre should share the anti-covid vaccine formula of the two manufacturers — Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute — with other companies in the country to scale up production. Kejriwal highlighted the dire shortage of vaccines across the country and an urgent need to ramp up its manufacturing on war footing while developing a national policy to inoculate everyone in the next few months.
In another development, BJP President JP Nadda has expressed his anguish over Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s criticism of Centre’s handling of covid-19 crisis in the country. In a letter to Gandhi, Nadda said that India is fighting covid with “utmost courage” and that he wishes that Congress “ stops misleading people, creating false panic” amid these times. Nadda said that he was “pained” by the criticism and asked Gandhi to see if actions of Congress was “weakening the fight against Covid”
As Covid-19 continues to spread across India, the number of vaccines administered to the adult population is falling at an alarming rate. The dip in doses is particularly acute in rural areas where the curve is rising and where there are glaring gaps in medical infrastructure, data obtained by The Indian Express revealed. According to an analysis, as many as 37 surge districts across the country reported over 50 per cent drop in jabs.