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COVID-19: India’s active cases drop below 8 lakh for first time

Rida Shaikh

India reported a surge of 62,212 new COVID-19 cases and 837 deaths on Saturday morning. According to the latest reports, the coronavirus cases stand at a figure of 74 lakh now.

Out of the 74,00,000 cases, 65,24,596 cases have been cured and the tally of active cases stand at 7,95,087. The total number of deaths due to the COVID-19 is reported to be at 1,12,998. The data was released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.

The ministry affirmed that with data like this, the number of active COVID-19 cases in India have dropped to eight lakhs for the first time in over one-and-a- half-month. The active novel coronavirus caseload in India now accounts to only 10.70 percent of the total cases.

India also reportedly has the lowest case of deaths per million of the population in the world. The Union Health Ministry said that the country recorded less than 1,000 deaths since October.

News agency PTI quoted the ministry, “The Covid-19 case fatality rate has been on the slide continuously. At the current figure of 1.52 per cent, it is the lowest since March 22.”

Nonetheless, the upcoming festive months are going to be critical for India while combating the novel coronavirus pandemic. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was quoted saying, “The next two-and-a-half months are going to be very crucial for us in our fight against corona because of the winter season and the festival season. It becomes the responsibility of every citizen to not let our guard down and follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour to curb the spread of the infection.”

Considering the reports of the coronavirus vaccine, a chief scientist at WHO ascertained that young and healthy people might not be vaccinated against it until 2022. The vaccine will be ready by March 2020 and people will be vaccinated based on priority.

 

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