Two deaths were reported in China on Saturday, the first recorded increase in the death toll since January 2021, as the country is battling an ommicron-driven wave.
Even with a continuously decreasing number of Covid-19 cases and positivity across India and life returning to normal with public events and free events at festivals, the central government has warned states not to be wary and advised them to stay put focus on the fivefold strategy of “test, follow, treat, follow Covid-appropriate behavior.
Meanwhile, China is facing its biggest outbreak since Wuhan started in 2019. Two deaths were reported on Saturday, the first recorded increase in the death toll since January 2021, as the country faces an ommicron-driven wave. While the numbers are small by international standards, regions across the country have pulled out all the stops to try to contain the outbreak.
These are the best Covid-19 related updates from the last 24 hoursThe number of COVID-19 in India rose to 4,30,06,080 with 2,075 new infections on Saturday, while the number of active cases fell further to 27,802, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.56 percent and the weekly positivity rate stood at 0.41 percent, the ministry said. The recovery rate in India has risen to 98.72 percent. The death toll rose to 5,16,281 with 71 new Covid-related fatalities on Thursday. The death rate of the cases was recorded at 1.20 percent. The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country under the nationwide vaccination campaign so far have exceeded 181.04 crore. Health Minister Rajesh Bhushan, in his letter to all states and union territories, has asked them to ensure that samples are adequately tested to ensure timely detection of new variants and also to motivate people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. A spokesman for the World Health Organization said the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, citing a rise in cases in the latest weekly global data. A combination of factors caused the increases, including the highly transmissible Omicron variant and its cousin the BA.2 subvariant, and the lifting of restrictions, the health agency said. The UK lifted all COVID-19-related travel restrictions for foreign travelers, including filling out Passenger Locator Forms before arrival and mandatory pre-departure testing for unvaccinated travelers. It went into effect at 4 pm GMT (9:30 IST). Following President Xi Jinping’s announcement to minimize the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on China’s economy, the country’s southern tech powerhouse, Shenzhen, has partially eased lockdown measures. Delhi reported 140 new COVID-19 cases and zero Covid-19-related deaths on Friday, while the positivity rate was registered at 0.43 percent, according to data shared by the city’s health department. The Mumbai metropolitan region (comprising Mumbai and satellite cities) reported 69 new cases during the day prompting people to get out of their homes and celebrate Holi in lively ways for the first time in the past two years.
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